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NeoCoV is back: What you should know

NeoCoV is not new, but it does have notable similarities to the COVID-19 virus.

NeoCoV has been rediscovered and has similarities to COVID-19

NeoCoV coronavirus has a high death rate and transmission rate. It is spreading through bats in South Africa. This discovery was made by Scientists from Wuhan, China.


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What is NeoCoV?

NeoCoV is a virus connected to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS COV). Find more details here.

This strain has traits from MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

A study awaiting peer-review “found that antibodies that target both SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and MERS-CoV, can’t stop NeoCoV.”

It is expected that the current COVID-19 vaccinations will be “inadequate to protect humans from the eventuality of the infection caused by this virus.”

NeoCoV as first discovered in 2012 and 2015 in Middle Eastern countries. It has notable similarities to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in humans.

Scientists remain unsure about this and if it will pose a threat to humans soon.


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