11 critical, unanswered questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19, the diseases it causes
- Experts continue to study the novel coronavirus as the number of people it infects and kills rises each day.
- Scientists are increasingly certain the coronavirus came from bats but aren’t sure exactly how it hopped over to humans.
- Researchers also don’t yet know why the virus doesn’t cause symptoms in most children, whether it’s seasonal, and how long people with antibodies might be immune.
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In the realm of medicine, what you don’t know can indeed kill you.
When it comes to the novel coronavirus, technically known as SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes, called COVID-19, what experts are still trying to understand sometimes seems to outweigh what they can say for certain.
That is little surprise to any infectious-disease researcher: Highly contagious diseases can move through communities much more quickly than the methodical pace of science can produce vital answers.
What we do know is that the coronavirus apparently emerged in China as early as mid-November and has now reached more than 185 countries, infected more than 3.9 million people, and killed at least 272,000. Population-level studies using new testing could …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]