Date published: 
1 April 2020
Intended audience: 
General public
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19.


The Medical Research Future Fund has funded researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity to develop faster, simpler tests for COVID-19.