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 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
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 pandemic
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 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
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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