Another? New type of coronavirus can infect human cells

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The nightmare of coronavirus it seems to have no end. This week, researchers at the University of North Carolina in the United States found that a strain of a new type of coronavirus that affects pigs and can infect humans.

Called SADS-CoV (do not confuse with SARS-CoV-2), porcine coronavirus can be replicated efficiently in human liver and intestine cells, as well as cells in the airways. The effects of the disease on people are still unknown due to the lack of reported cases.

What is known so far is that it is an alpha-choronavirus of the same family as SARS-CoV-2, which causes breathing problems. In pigs, SADS-CoV is responsible for gastrointestinal complications, which generate symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. This can be deadly for the health of piglets.

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