COVID-19 Facts: Survivability of SARS-CoV-2 in the Environment

Survivability of SARS-CoV-2 in the Environment

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, previously known by the provisional name nCoV-2019 and the particular coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, has the potential to survive outside of a host and in the environment for several days, thereby making it virulent and a potentially disease-causing contaminant. Remember that the primary mode of transmission of the virus is through tiny […]

Handwashing 101: How Does Soap Work?

Handwashing 101: How Does Soap Work?

The World Health Organization and other medical associations across the world have recommended handwashing using soap as one of the preventive measures against transmissible diseases. In fact, during the Ebola outbreak in Africa and COVID-19 pandemic, proper hand hygiene has been advanced as one of the solutions for containing these diseases. The Science Behind Handwashing […]

Difference Between COVID-19, Influenza, and the Common Cold

Difference Between COVID-19, Influenza, and Colds

The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 in December 2019 in China and the subsequent global outbreak beginning in January 2020 have raised another concern: how is it different from influenza or flu and the common cold? Remember that COVID-19 is caused by a type of coronavirus now called SARS-CoV-2 […]

The Characteristics of Coronaviruses

The Characteristics of Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause diseases in mammalian, avian, and reptilian species. Note that some species such as bats serve as mere reservoirs of these viruses without causing symptoms associated with an infection. In humans, some of these viruses can cause respiratory tract infections with varying severity ranging from mild illnesses […]

What is the Wuhan Institute of Virology

What is the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

The Wuhan Institute of Virology or WIV is a research institute administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences or CAS that specializes in virology. Located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan City, in the Province of Hubei, it has been regarded as a world-class institution due to its contribution in the fields of virology, immunology, and microbiology. […]

Facts: 2019-nCoV is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon from China

Here’s Why SARS-CoV-2 is NOT a Lab-Made Bioweapon from China

A report published by The Washington Times made a case for linking the 2019 novel coronavirus or SARS-COV-2, previously known as 2019-nCoV, to a Chinese covert biological weapons program, thereby suggesting that the Wuhan outbreak originated from a laboratory accident. Arguments for Linking the Novel Coronavirus to a Bioweapons Program The evidence? A rebroadcasted television […]

Difference Between Viruses, Viroids, and Prions

Difference Between Viruses, Viroids, and Prions

There are three known types of non-living pathogens or infectious agents that affect living organisms. Of course, viral infections are frequently heard alongside bacterial and fungal infections. However, two other types of non-living organic agents also affect living organisms. These are viroids and prions. What are Viroids and Prions? What is the Difference Between Viruses, […]

The Difference Between Bacteria and Archaea

The Difference Between Bacteria and Archaea

Both bacteria and archaea are two of the three major groups of cellular life forms categorized under the three-domain system, which was first introduced American microbiologist and biophysicist Carl Woese in 1977. Similarities Between Bacteria and Archaea Archaea were once classified as bacteria. Hence, they were initially called archaebacteria. Furthermore, both are prokaryotes, and as […]

The Characteristics of Viruses: Definitions and Origin

The Characteristics of Viruses: Definitions and Origin

What are viruses? Where did they come from? How do they differ from other infectious agents or pathogens? These are some of the questions often raised when it comes to broadening our basic understanding of viruses. Facts about Virus: The Characteristics of Viruses Definition and General Characteristics 1. A virus is a microscopic infectious agent […]

Fast Facts: The SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Outbreak

Fast Facts: The SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Outbreak

SARS-CoV-2, previously known as the 2019-nCoV, is the name for a particular type of virus and a more specific type of coronavirus first reported to affect a cluster of people in Wuhan City, China in late 2019 and has been the particular pathogen behind the 2019-2020 COVID-19 outbreak. What is the Novel Coronavirus? Where did […]