Excerpt:The new coronavirus can easily infect the cells of the airways of the human lung and in fact is as adept at doing so as a common cold virus, a new study reports.
The authors say the findings suggest this new virus is already well-adapted to being a human pathogen.
The new research finding was published in the journal mBio on Tuesday, the same day British health officials announced that the new coronavirus had taken another life. The unidentified man's death brings to six the number of people confirmed to have died from the new infection.
The man, who had another illness that may have made him more susceptible to infection, is believed to have been infected by a relative, a British resident who became ill while travelling recently in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The father remains in serious condition in hospital.