See In Pictures: How coronaviruses replicate from a decaying cell

Recently, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, posted an image of the newly reproduced coronaviruses evolving from a contaminated cell.

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The coronavirus is a small parasite that cannot reproduce by itself. It needs to take over a cell to replicate by the thousands.

Recently, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, posted an image of the newly reproduced coronaviruses evolving from a contaminated cell.

Decaying Cell

The director said, “The image is a snap of viral shedding, a process in which viral elements are released from a decaying cell. The picture gives us a window into how just one infected cell is capable of reproducing thousands of new virus particles that can, in turn, be transferred to others.”

Collins further explained, “In the colored photo, the ‘orange-brown folds and protrusions’ are the surface of a primate kidney cell that had been contaminated with the coronavirus. The blue substances are the new viruses, ready to infect other cells.”

Viruses are too small to be seen with regular microscopes, so an electron microscope beams electrons onto extremely small samples. The particles bounce off, capturing the topography of microbes like viruses and cells.

The COVID-19 is a relatively new virus to humans, so there are no confirmed drugs and vaccine available yet to control the disease.

That is the reason why infectious disease experts insist on social distancing and the need to thoroughly ramp up constant testing to see who is affected, who needs to be confined, and who may be immune.

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  • Meaning we need another virus to kill this virus or one can say that we need to have a virus that is not harmful for humans but won’t allow any space for covid19….


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