Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in humans and animals. They are named for the crown-like spike proteins on their surface.

The tag should be used for questions regarding all coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2. Suitable topics include:

  • genetics and the evolution of variants
  • protein composition and capsid structure
  • epidemiology
  • disease etiology and host immunity
  • treatment and vaccines

Due to the popularity of questions related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the tag has several synonyms.