Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that usually cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold. However, certain types of coronavirus can infect the lower airway, causing serious illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis. Most people get infected with coronaviruses at some point in their lives and the majority of these infections are harmless. The new coronavirus that causes the covid-19 illness is a notable exception.
Coronaviruses have extraordinarily large single-stranded RNA genomes – approximately 26,000 to 32,000 bases or RNA “letters” in length. Coronavirus particles are surrounded by a fatty outer layer called an envelope and usually appear spherical, as seen under an electron microscope, with a crown or “corona” of club-shaped spikes on their surface.
The virus that causes covid-19 is known as SARS-CoV-2. It appears to have first emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. The outbreak has since spread across China to other countries around the world. By the end of January.
The most commonly reported symptoms include a fever, dry cough and tiredness, and in mild cases people may get just a runny nose or a sore throat. In the most severe cases, people with the virus can develop difficulty breathing, and may ultimately experience organ failure. Some cases are fatal.
Coronaviruses replicate their RNA genomes using enzymes called RNA-dependent RNA polymerases, which are prone to errors, but genomic analysis so far suggests that covid-19 is mutating slowly, reducing the chance of it changing to become more deadly.
On 18 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) said they had begun a trial of the most promising drugs, including the long-used antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, a new antiviral drug called remdesivir and a combination of two HIV drugs called lopinavir and ritonavir. The HIV drugs will also be tested in combination with an antiviral called interferon beta.
On 22 March, several countries in Europe, including the UK, launched a collaborative trial of the same drugs, which will complement the WHO effort.
Many other potential treatments are being explored, particularly the possibility of developing antibodies against covid-19.
Other severe coronaviruses
At least two other types of human coronavirus – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) – are known to cause severe symptoms.
SARS-CoV first emerged in 2002in Guangdong, China as an unusual pneumonia, which developed into life-threatening respiratory failure in certain cases. The virus rapidly spread across 29 countries, infecting more than 8000 people and killing about 800.
The MERS-CoV epidemic appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012, with people experiencing similar symptoms to SARS-CoV but dying at a much higher rate of 34 per cent. Unlike SARS-CoV, which spread quickly and widely, MERS-CoV has been mainly limited to the Middle East.
Spread from animals to people
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning that they can be transmitted to people from animals. Both SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV originally came from bats, though other animals – including camels in the case of MERS – can act as intermediaries that spread coronaviruses to humans.
Many of the early cases of covid-19 were traced back to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan. The virus is thought to have come from bats, possibly via an intermediary animal.
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Raspberry Pi: the smallest PC
#What is The Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a Computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.
#How does the Raspberry Pi Work?
An SD card inserted into the slot on the board acts as the hard drive for the Raspberry Pi. It is powered by USB and the video output can be hooked up to a traditional RCA TV set, a more modern monitor, or even a TV using the HDMI port.
#Raspberry Pi board Structure:
Depending on the model, the Raspberry Pi has either 40 or 26 dedicated interface pins. In all cases these include a UART, an I2C bus, a SPI bus with two chip selects, I2S audio, 3V3, 5V and ground .The maximum number of GPIO can theoretically be indefinitely expanded by making use of the I2C or SPI bus.
There is also a dedicated CSI-2 camera port for the Raspberry Pi Camera Module ad a DSI display port for the Raspberry Pi LCD Touch Screen Display. So, it means we can use a Raspberry Pi as our personal computer.
#Uses of Raspberry Pi:
- Using Internet
- Learning Program
- Controlling ROBOT
- Playing Games Natively
- Retro Gaming Machine
- Building a Mine Craft Game Server
- Building a Stop Motion Camera
- Broadcasting a Pirate FM Radio Station
- Building a smart mirror etc…
#Operating Systems of Raspberry Pi:
- WINDOWS 10 ARM64
- Windows 10 loT Core
- Net BSD
- Plan 9
- RISC OS
1, 2 or 4 GB LPDDR4-2400 RAM
1.5 GHz 64/32-bit quad-core ARM CORTEX-A72
2-128 GB Micro SD Card
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 11n Wi-Fi
- USB 2.0
- USB 3.0
#Raspberry Pi Price:
The price of a Raspberry Pi depends on its model. In our country (BD) the price is between 4000tk-6000tk. The global price is given on internet.
#Why we should learn Raspberry Pi using:
Raspberry Pi is a long lasting micro computer. A Raspberry Pi works at least 5 years without any problem. With a Raspberry Pi one can learn programming and build many useful devices by his own. It is so enjoyable that one can use his leisure time properly. It has no disadvantage. So, everyone should learn and know about it.