By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 2, 2020
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are found throughout nature. There are coronaviruses specific to bats and snakes and humans and horses, etc. They all have genes that allow them to bind to your respiratory cells and to potentially cause disease. There are many coronavirus in the family that can infect humans, but generally they cause the mild common cold. Or, they infect people and cause no symptoms at all. COVID-19 is the particular strain of coronavirus that is in the news now, and it was named COVID-19 because it was 2019 when it was discovered.