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What Does Coronavirus Look Like?

The family Coronaviridae (coronaviruses) includes about 40 types of viruses. Their name represents their structure. It resembles a corona, because the spiky processes of this virus resemble a royal headdress.

The novel coronavirus which appeared in late 2019 and caused global pandemic is officially called SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).

Considering its specific name, you might be interested how exactly it does look under microscope.

The virus is highlighted blue here:

Here you can see a dying cell which has been affected by coronavirus (rose-colored particles):

coronavirus purple

Several microscopically made close photos of COVID:

Despite the knowledge about the structure of the virus, scientists don’t know everything about it. But hard work is performing now, and obtained knowledge will help to defeat the COVID outbreak completely.


Dr. Douglas Goldberg, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Mineola, NY. He is affiliated with medical facilities Nyu Winthrop Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.