News18 | 29/05/2021 01:37 PM | Click to read full article
Scientists have found a new canine coronavirus in a handful of people hospitalised with pneumonia. This may sound alarming, but once we unpack it, you will see that there’s no reason to lose any sleep.
Importantly, it is quite distinct from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The coronavirus family can be divided into four groups of viruses: alpha, beta, gamma and delta coronaviruses. SARS-CoV-2, or the Coronavirus which we are witnessing across the world, falls within the beta coronaviruses group; whereas the canine coronaviruses are in the entirely separate alpha coronavirus group.