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  1. Dec 12, 2021 · Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 ( SARS-CoV-2 ), also known as “the novel coronavirus” due to genome variation relative to previously identified coronaviruses, is a positive sense RNA virus and the etiological agent of COVID-19.

  2. Mar 27, 2024 · COVID-19, also called coronavirus disease 2019, is an illness caused by a virus. The virus is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or more commonly, SARS-CoV-2. It started spreading at the end of 2019 and became a pandemic disease in 2020.

  3. Nov 20, 2023 · Last updated on 20 November 2023. 1. What are variants of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? 2. What is the difference between variants under monitoring, variants of interest, and variants of concern? 3. What can I do to protect myself from SARS-CoV-2 variants? 4. How can we stop new variants from emerging?

  4. Mar 27, 2024 · Currently circulating variants of concern (VOCs) as of 15 March 2023. Note: To better reflect the current variant landscape, which is dominated by Omicron descendent lineages, WHO updated its tracking system and working definitions of VOCs and VOIs on 15 March 2023. 4 October 2023.

  5. COVID-19. Variants of the Virus. Updated Feb. 6, 2023. Print. What You Need to Know. New variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will continue to occur. CDC coordinates collaborative partnerships which continue to fuel the largest viral genomic sequencing effort to date.

  6. May 16, 2022 · The disease is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 provide a major step forward in reducing...

  7. Mar 15, 2024 · COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Everyone 6 months and older can get an updated COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more. Highlights. How to Protect Yourself and Others. People with Certain Medical Conditions. Ventilation in Buildings. Symptoms of COVID-19.

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