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CDC: Coronavirus has been around since the mid-1960s, but has different types

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Published: Mar. 2, 2020 at 5:25 AM EST
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By: Ryan Kaufman | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 2, 2020

ATLANTA, GA (WCTV) - According to the

, "Human Coronaviruses" were first detected in the mid-1960s with different types of the virus being detected since.

The CDC also says there are four main groupings of the virus: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. Within the four groupings, there are seven types of coronavirus that can infect humans:

1. 229E (alpha coronavirus)

2. NL63 (alpha coronavirus)

3. OC43 (beta coronavirus)

4. HKU1 (beta coronavirus)

There are also three other types of Coronavirus (Not considered "human Coronavirus"):

5. MERS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS)

6. SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS)

7. SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19)

The CDC says there is no human coronavirus vaccine to protect against it, and there are no specific treatments.

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