What the Coronavirus Image You’ve Seen a Million Times Really Shows

The illustration visualizes how the virus infects people

Image: CDC/Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins
Image: CDC/Alissa Eckert
An electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, isolated from a U.S. person infected with COVID-19. Particles are emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus are blue, not red, in this image. NIAID-RML

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