The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), previously known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus that causes the potentially lethal COVID-19 respiratory tract infection. This new virus belongs to the genus Betacoronavirus, which also includes SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. The first case of COVID-19 was detected in December, 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has now been declared a pandemic. Human-to-human spread has been confirmed, with a suspected incubation period of ~2-14 days. There are some reports of transmission in the absence of clear symptoms, though infected people are likely most contagious due to coughing and sneezing that expel respiratory droplets.
With SARS-CoV-2 now reaching pandemic status, researchers and clinicians have been working furiously to learn more about the virus’s biology and pathogenesis as well as how to treat the more clinically aggressive COVID-19 cases. As with any viral pathogen, understanding how SARS-CoV-2 enters host cells is of great significance.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 many of our suppliers and manufactures has been devoting resources in creating and developing new research tools related to SARS-CoV-2 virus. Below you can find all COVID-19 related products available as well as news articles from Nordic BioSite.