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Virus classification
Subfamilies and genera
  • Letovirinae
    • Alphaletovirus
  • Orthocoronavirinae
    • Alphacoronavirus
    • Betacoronavirus
    • Deltacoronavirus
    • Gammacoronavirus

Coronaviridae is a family of enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA viruses. The viral genome is 26–32 kilobases in length. The particles have large (~20 nm), club- or petal-shaped spikes on the surface (the "peplomers" ). The particles in electron micrographs look like the solar corona.


The family Coronaviridae is has 2 sub-families, 5 genera, 26 sub-genera, and 46 species. More species are possible, but not yet confirmed.

  • Coronaviridae
Coronavirus virion structure
A coronavirus virion
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