1. Epidemiology and Global Health
  2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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Science Forum: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers

  1. Yinon M Bar-On
  2. Avi Flamholz
  3. Rob Phillips
  4. Ron Milo  Is a corresponding author
  1. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  2. Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  3. Department of Physics, Department of Applied Physics, and the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, United States
  4. Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e57309 doi: 10.7554/eLife.57309
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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers.

Graphic showing what we know about the basic properties of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as its size and genome, and about how it interacts with the body. These topics are discussed further in the text, which also includes sources for all the values listed. This article will be updated as new data become available, and the latest version is available at: bit.ly/2WOeN64. A larger version of this figure (which was created with Biorender) is available as Supplementary file 1.

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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers.

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