The History of Coronaviruses and Humanity


The image of a coronavirus is easily recognizable due to its bumpy topped spikes. These spikes earned the family of viruses their name, which comes from the corona, or crown, that encircles the sun.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they can be transmitted from animals to humans. Coronaviruses have been found in birds and in numerous mammals, including bats, camels, cows, civet cats, and even domestic cats and dogs. In fact, researchers have identified several coronaviruses circulating in animal populations that haven’t made the leap to humans.