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A growing number of cases…
infection person-to-person
an emergency declaration…

The latest developments on the “new” coronavirus.

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“NEW” CORONAVIRUS

  • Respiratory illness emerged in Wuhan, a city in China with a population larger than NYC.
  • Initially connected to a large animal & seafood market where workers became ill. Some reports suggest snakes as the transmitter to humans, but TBD.
  • First public info about the illness in late December. One month later: 170 deaths & nearly 8,000 cases in China; dozens of new cases in 18 countries.
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DECLARATION

“Our greatest concern is the potential for this virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems which are ill-prepared to deal with it.”

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus on the organization declaring a "global emergency" over the Wuhan coronavirus. The declaration heightens awareness, resources towards battling the illness.
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CONTAGION

“We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. The first instance of human-to-human spread of the disease in the U.S. came from a Chicago woman, who traveled to Wuhan, contracted the respiratory illness, and upon returning home spread it to her husband.
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TRAVEL

  • U.S. State Dept upgraded its advisory to a “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” to China, warning Americans of further travel restrictions & potentially fewer flights.
  • CDC, Customs & Border Protection screening travelers arriving from China at major airports.
  • State Dept. evacuated all Wuhan-based, non-emergency personnel.
  • Russia closed its border with China; North Korea & Mongolia did the same.
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Although this story is rapidly developing, one suggestion from healthcare providers that remains consistent as the #1 defense against the disease: wash.your.hands.

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