NeoCoV | One Mutation Away from the Next Deadly Coronavirus Pandemic?


Media attention has been on new coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. NeoCoV is very similar, essentially a variant, to the MERS coronavirus. I review the characteristics of the MERS coronavirus. How could this affect humans? Can this virus enter human cells? Is there potential for this coronavirus to infect humans and result in the next pandemic?

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Dr. Keith Moran MD, RCPSC, DABIM, RCS, NBE Biography:

I am a consultant in Internal Medicine with special medical interests in gastroenterology, cardiology, and echocardiography. I am a a full-time practising physician in these areas. I was an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Trinity College where I received a number of scholarships including one for top student at Trinity College. I attended medical school at the University of Toronto graduating with a gold medal. My internship was completed at McMaster University in Hamilton followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in London. I then completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. I am an active echocardiographer who has been certified and recertified by the National Board of Echocardiography. I am certified in cardiac sonography and have trained and completely educated a number of cardiac sonographers. I am the medical director of my cardiology laboratory which was established in 2001. My laboratory performs echocardiography and stress echocardiography amongst other tests. I maintain my certification in the American Board of Internal Medicine. I have over 27 years of experience as a hospital-based consultant in internal medicine and intensive care unit attending physician.