A reporter sits in front a projected image showing Sars-infected cells inspected under a microscope during a news conference in Hong Kong in 2003. The new coronavirus is similar to the one that caused Sars, but they are not identical. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus versus Sars – a tale of two viruses

  • These are the similarities and differences between the latest health emergency and its predecessor, Sars, which affected more than 8,000 people in 37 countries
  • The two diseases are genetically similar and both have flu-like symptoms, but the new virus is clinically milder
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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A reporter sits in front a projected image showing Sars-infected cells inspected under a microscope during a news conference in Hong Kong in 2003. The new coronavirus is similar to the one that caused Sars, but they are not identical. Photo: Reuters
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Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.

Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy

Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.