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In January and February 2020, several research groups in the Laboratory of Virology at Rocky Mountain Laboratories began studies of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by a virus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). RML scientists have studied a related virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, since it emerged in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, so they have expertise in this type of research.
This is a priority topic for many RML researchers who study viruses, and because of that their time is extremely limited.
Their COVID-19 research projects will involve things like:
- Learning how the virus binds to cells so they can develop therapies to prevent the binding and stop infection.
- Learning how stable the virus is in the environment.
- Establishing an animal model to study the virus.
- Testing the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and treatments.
If you have general questions about COVID-19, the CDC has a web page with the latest information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. These web pages include more information about symptoms, prevention, and treatment; guidance for healthcare professionals; travel; and a situation summary with the latest news. An overview of NIH coronavirus research is available at: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/coronaviruses
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