This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. In this view, the protein particles E, S, and M, also located on the outer surface of the particle, have all been labeled as well. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Photo: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS/CDC.gov
Photo: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS/CDC.gov

ALTA cancels spring tennis season for thousands in Metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association announced late Thursday that the spring season is canceled due to coronavirus fears. 

“After long and careful deliberation, it is with great regret that ALTA has decided to suspend this spring season out of an abundance of caution, so that our organization will not take any chance of contributing to the spread of COVID-19,” ALTA President Sandy Depa stated in an email. 

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Founded in 1934, ALTA offers various leagues for both children and adults and has approximately 80,000 members.

Earlier Thursday, some women’s teams kicked off their spring seasons. Other leagues were to begin play this weekend. 

“We hope with this action, the spread of the COVID-19 virus will diminish, and ALTA will resume league play for the Summer Leagues,” Depa said. 

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