Coronavirus

Currently (2020) in the general news, the term coronavirus is really the short hand for the initial term "novel corona virus" which causes the disease COVID-19, which is currently a pandemic. The official scientific name of the  virus is SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).


Computer generated image of a corona virus. image: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM CDC via wikipedia


From a virology perspective coronavirus is one of several coronaviruses

The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning "crown" or "halo", which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

source adapted from: Wikipedia contributors. (2020, March 16). Coronavirus. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:10, March 17, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coronavirus&oldid=945890154