The new coronavirus that is spreading in China, may be not as dangerous as everyone thinks. A study published in the journal Nature, says that the virus is extremely similar with its predecessor, SARS, who, like a new strain of the virus came from bats. Thus, despite the high level of contagiousness (per month coronavirus has infected more than 17,000 people), a coronavirus from the Chinese city of Wuhan less harmful to human health than SARS, whose explosion occurred in the early twenty-first century. Because almost 80% of the genetic similarities between viruses, scientists hope to develop a universal vaccine, based on the data type of closely related coronaviruses. In this case, it may be, humanity is still too early to panic?
Is there a cure for coronavirus infection?
Flash all the hysteria about the coronavirus from Wuhan became one of the most important events of the beginning of 2020. However, as the portal sciencealert.comthe new virus is a modified version of SARS, which, while faster spreading across the globe, is transferred much easier than with its predecessor. Ian Jones, a virologist from the University of reading in the UK, says that the similarities between viruses give scientists hope for the speedy finding a universal vaccine, and already tested methods of treatment developed at the time for SARS, should work and fight the virus from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
To this hopeful conclusion scientist came after analysis of the genetic properties of both viruses. Thus, coronaviruses are mostly zoonotic diseases, meaning they can be transmitted to humans from animals. Cases with SARS and the new 2019-nCoV also have a common root — bats, which was the original hosts of the virus. It is known that during the period from November 2002 to July 2003, SARS had killed 774 people and infected 8098 people from 29 countries. High contagious coronavirus infection is associated with the round form of the virus itself. The unique shell of the microorganism is studded with proteins in the form of studs, which help him to securely attach to the host cell.
Despite the experiments in relation to 2019-nCoV, the use of antibodies to SARS currently remains only a hypothesis that requires more detailed study. Anyway, the study authors suggested two other possible method of treatment for a new coronavirus. One of the potential treatment methods may be the use of antibodies-proteins in those patients who have already been able to recover from infection. Another method of recovery would be the use of antibodies produced by the immune system of horses, it is highly resistant to the coronaviruses.