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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in humans or animals. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

See the World Health Organization (WHO) definition.

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Predictive medicine

Medicine that links medical knowledge with data to predict a patient’s potential health problems. Examples include artificial intelligence and genetics.