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In the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, there is little reliable information on what exactly the coronavirus is and how it wreaks havoc on human health. To fill this void in our understanding, this book provides a succinct yet entertaining account of the new coronavirus in an everyday language for the layperson. In particular, a brief history of coronaviruses is presented and the fact that they are the second leading cause of common cold is discussed in the context of other viruses. Yet, the new coronavirus is a respiratory pathogen that causes a far more fatal disease that has come to be known as the “severe acute respiratory syndrome” or SARS for short. What exactly is SARS and why the world failed to avert the third such deadly outbreak since 2002 is critically examined.