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Coronavirus Outbreak 2020: How Does the Coronavirus Spread?

Simply speaking, coronavirus spreads from people who have it. 

COVID-19 is the most recent human virus in the coronavirus genetic family, but it’s different from other coronaviruses (such as the ones that lead to the common cold). 

MRIGlobal, with a team of expert scientists and medical engineers are able to separate fact from fiction. As leaders in infectious disease research, we believe that proper education is the best way to both calm the hysteria surrounding a mass outbreak, while simultaneously promoting our overall mission to advance and improve global health.

The origins of coronavirus

To be clear, when talking about the origins of the latest outbreak, we’re speaking solely on COVID-19. The virus is zoonotic, meaning at some point, it transferred from animal to human.  Scientists still aren’t sure from which animal COVID-19 derived, but the scientific community is getting closer. 

What we do know is that the outbreak started in Wuhan, China located in the Hubei province. From there, the virus spread to different parts of the globe.

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How coronavirus spreads from person to person

Coronavirus spreads through tiny droplets that come from the nose and mouth. Whenever someone coughs, sneezes, or exhales, those droplets fall onto surfaces. When others touch those surfaces, they contract the disease from rubbing their eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Right now there is not a coronavirus vaccine, but many institutions such as MRIGlobal are jumpstarting the efforts and testing to find one. 

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Aches and pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Since coronavirus is highly contagious, it’s important that you take proper precautions: 


  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth


Learn more about about coronavirus from MRIGlobal

For more than 75 years, MRIGlobal has advanced scientific research across a variety of platforms. With us, it’s not simply about science; it’s about the people who make it all happen. 

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