The first images of SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus has been revealed by the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Coronavirus has infected over 60,000 people and killed another 1,370 since its outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Viruses are teeny-tiny infectious blobs that are made of DNA or RNA wrapped up inside a protein coat. They are extremely small which is why they can’t be seen by a typical light microscope.
Samples of the virus and the cells taken from a U.S patient infect with coronavirus were imaged by researchers at RML. The images were taken using two different kinds of high-resolution microscopes, i.e. the scanning electron microscope and the transmission electron microscope. Both of them use a focused beam of electrons instead of a beam of light to image samples. Later on, color is added to the images
This SARS-COV-2 virus appears to be similar to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that came up back in 2012 and the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which emerged in 2002.
This is because all three of these viruses are in the same family of “coronaviruses,” that are named for their crown-like appearance. Basically the word “corona” in Latin means “crown”.
In an earlier article, we informed our readers that if Coronavirus is not controlled, it will spread to about two-thirds or 60% of the world population, as per a leading public health epidemiologist of Hong Kong.