COVID-19 from veterinary medicine and one health perspectives: What animal coronaviruses have taught us
1. Introduction Coronaviruses (CoVs) are enveloped, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA viruses displaying an exceptional genetic plasticity driven by accumulation of point mutations and recombination events. This genetic variation is responsible for continuous emergence of viral strains with increased virulence, different tissue tropism and/or expanded host range (Buonavoglia et al., 2006). CoVs are currently classified within four genera, Alphacoronavirus, Betacoronavirus, Gammacoronavirus and Deltacoronavirus, that recognise bats, birds and likely rodents as natural reservoirs.
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