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Coronavirus is part of the viral multiverse: it is one of many and is dangerous

Coronavirus is part of the viral multiverse: it is one of many and is dangerous

Viruses form a huge multiverse: scientists proposed this formulation, describing the research process of the coronavirus that provokes COVID-19. Arizona State University experts have come to the conclusion about the microbiological diversity of viruses against the backdrop of the existing pandemic. While it covers the world, virologists have proposed a new classification scheme. It will help to better understand the huge diversity of the viral world. In November 2019, one of the tiny objects of this multiverse in a literal word blew up humanity on a global scale.

It took him only a few months for people from many countries of the world to be struck by SARS-CoV-2. He reached every region of the Earth, leaving behind a lot of questions and very few answers. Today, researchers are trying to understand how and where the new coronavirus originated, what features explain the amazing combination of symptoms that it can cause.


Scientists are making every effort to correctly classify the new human pathogen and understand how it relates to other viruses. Molecular virologist Arvind Warsaw offers a new classification system capable of detecting coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, in a huge web of viruses around the world.

For an adequate assessment of the types and types of viruses, 15 classifiers have been created; they describe Ebola, SARS CoV, herpes simplex virus and others. The opinion of the scientist was approved at the level of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses.

Its participants made up one hundred different groups of viruses that have a certain relationship. The new ranking scheme, which is an earlier binomial classification system, can cover the entire spectrum of genetic divergence in the virosphere. As an example, virologists cited a situation where three pathogens can simultaneously be present in the human body:


RNA virus, Ebola virus, SARS-CoV. They are grouped into riboviria, classified into five traditional categories. Thanks to viral studies, which include sequencing of genetic material directly extracted from the environment, scientists are discovering a large number of viruses that are simply impossible to organize. But the new scheme partially relies on the conservation of key viral proteins and other properties and builds them according to a certain rank.