Journal article

Respiratory Virus Infections: Understanding COVID-19

Kanta Subbarao, Siddhartha Mahanty

IMMUNITY | CELL PRESS | Published : 2020


Respiratory viruses affect us throughout our lives, from infancy to old age, causing illnesses ranging from a common cold to severe pneumonia. They belong to several virus families, and although many features of infection with these diverse viruses are shared, some have unique characteristics. Here we explain what happens when we are infected by respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.