There is a lot to know about the novel coronavirus. CHINA DAILY
With the COVID-19 epidemic (传染病) hitting China, many of you might want to know more about the virus. The disease is caused by a newly-found type of coronavirus (冠状病毒). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. The word “corona” comes from Latin and refers to crowns (王冠). When people first saw a coronavirus under a microscope (显微镜), they found that its spikes (刺突) made it look like a crown. That’s how the virus family got its name. Some coronaviruses cause disease in humans; others spread illness among animals, including camels, cats and bats.