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What you don't know CAN hurt: a history of coronaviruses

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A few decades ago, few scientists considered coronaviruses a big deal. The ones they knew about generally caused nothing worse than a common cold.

But that changed with SARS came on the scene early in the 21st century, proving that a coronavirus could be lethal.
And then SARS-CoV-2, which we know as COVID-19, got all of our attention.

It's a long story, with effects on humans and other creatures going back thousands of years, and epidemiologist Dan Werb tells it in The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure.

We pick the scientist's brain about the things we did not know about coronaviruses... and should have.

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