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What is special about a novel coronavirus that gets it labeled as novel?

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Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Novel means "new": That's all there is to it. There are many different coronaviruses in this family of viruses and several are known to infect Humans. This one is both genetically distinct, it's manifestations in illness are new, and it has only recently been identified as a new Human disease/virus/pathogen. It's really that simple.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Novel virus: It is a new or novel virus that we have not experienced before. Our bodies are naive to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they we have no immunity to it. This makes it dangerous.

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