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What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly


(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Benjamin Neuman, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

(THE CONVERSATION) COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses belong to a group of viruses that infect animals, from peacocks to whales. They're named for the bulb-tipped spikes that project from the virus's surface and give the appearance of a corona surrounding it.

A coronavirus infection usually plays out one of two ways: as an infection in the lungs that includes some cases of what people would call th...

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