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A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat.
They can spread much like cold viruses.
Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous, but some are.
Those that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can be deadly.
Numerous posts claim the virus has been patented — and some even suggest, incorrectly, that the virus was made in a lab and a vaccine already exists.
Yet another proposes a similar conspiracy. “So.. patent on this ‘new’ Corona virus expired on the 22nd, today,” the post says. “We have a sudden outbreak. There’s magically already a vaccine available.”
Theres this patent referencing inventor Byoung-Kwan Kim and Phibro Animal Health Inc:
Coronavirus proteins and antigens .
Theres this one by the THE PIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE:
Heres one apparently held by the CDC...
Coronavirus isolated from humans .