Author Topic: Covid-19, Sars-Cov-2  (Read 358 times)

Covid-19, Sars-Cov-2
« on: October 02, 2020, 09:04:02 am »


I am curious. According to the statement by the physician to the US president, President Trump and the First Lady were tested for Covid-19 but have tested positive for Sars-Cov-2. Are Covid-19 and Sars-Cov-2 the same or different?

Re: Covid-19, Sars-Cov-2
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2020, 09:24:54 am »
SARS-Cov-2 is the agreed name for this particular virus.

Covid-19 is the disease caused by that virus.

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Think of it in terms of Yersinia Pestis which is the bacterium that causes plague.

SARS-Cov-2 is to Yersinia pestis as Covid-19 is to plague.
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Re: Covid-19, Sars-Cov-2
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2020, 10:24:35 am »
Like he said. Also, think HIV and AIDS.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus (one of a couple of related viruses, actually) that can cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. You can, of course, test positive for HIV and not have AIDS.

We're all riddled with viruses. It's pretty likely that everyone here and everyone you meet has multiple herpes infections. Up to eight per cent of the entire human genome is of viral origin*.

*in pigs they're called PERVs, porcine endogenous retroviruses. It's actually a concern when contemplating xenotransplantation, while many of these ERVs are inactive (they've acquired enough mutations to be non-functional), so can be reactivated, so those organs could be a potential vector for a new disease. There's actually a type of pig now where they've engineered many of these out.
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Re: Covid-19, Sars-Cov-2
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2020, 02:27:11 pm »
Like he said. Also, think HIV and AIDS.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus (one of a couple of related viruses, actually) that can cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. You can, of course, test positive for HIV and not have AIDS.

We're all riddled with viruses. It's pretty likely that everyone here and everyone you meet has multiple herpes infections. Up to eight per cent of the entire human genome is of viral origin*.

*in pigs they're called PERVs, porcine endogenous retroviruses. It's actually a concern when contemplating xenotransplantation, while many of these ERVs are inactive (they've acquired enough mutations to be non-functional), so can be reactivated, so those organs could be a potential vector for a new disease. There's actually a type of pig now where they've engineered many of these out.
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