: the coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus) that is the causative agent of COVID-19

Examples of SARS-CoV-2 in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Share [Findings] Convalescent plasma helps Syrian hamsters fight SARS-CoV-2. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Mounting scientific evidence suggests that being infected with SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID — profoundly impacts brain health in many ways. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 24 Mar. 2024 Their research suggested that people could get Covid after inhaling SARS-CoV-2 viruses suspended in teeny-tiny droplets in the air as infected patients breathed. Amy Maxmen | Kff Health News, NBC News, 18 Mar. 2024 The reference was to a groundless accusation beloved by lab-leak advocates that a grant proposal sponsored by Daszak’s organization involved creating a virus in a Chinese lab that became SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 This means vaccinated people experiencing breakthrough infections can be carriers of SARS-CoV-2 and spread the virus to others.1 The good news is when a vaccinated person gets a breakthrough infection, the symptoms tend to be less severe. Colleen Murphy, Health, 15 Mar. 2024 Some pathogens are more likely than others to spread via fomite and hand-to-hand contact, even if SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t appear to be one of them. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 There are two major types of tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. Anuradha Rao, The Conversation, 1 Mar. 2024 Laboratory experiments in human and mouse brain organoids designed to emulate changes in the human brain showed that SARS-CoV-2 infection triggers the fusion of brain cells. Ziyad Al-Aly, CBS News, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

2020, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of SARS-CoV-2 was in 2020

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“SARS-CoV-2.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/SARS-CoV-2. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


: the coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus) that is the causative agent of COVID-19 see delta variant, omicron variant
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