Covid-19 is not the same as a common cold - Full Fact

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Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which include those which cause the common cold, SARS and Covid-19.
Covid-19 is not the same as a common cold

7 April 2021

What was claimed A 1989 medical textbook lists the common cold as a disease caused by coronaviruses. Our verdict True but coronaviruses are a family of viruses we've known that humans can get since the 1960s. Some cause the common cold. SARS-CoV-2 causes Covid-19.

A Facebook post claims to show a medical encyclopedia from 1989 showing that coronaviruses cause the common cold, which could imply that Covid-19 is no different from a cold.

This picture needs more context. The word 'coronavirus' has been used as shorthand for SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes Covid-19.

But coronaviruses are actually a group of hundreds of different viruses, some which cause severe diseases like Severe Acute…
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