The coronavirus outbreak, centered in China, is evolving at a dizzying speed. And so is the global response. In the past 24 hours alone, Russia and Singapore have sealed their borders to China and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. Meanwhile, the US government dramatically escalated its response — issuing its highest-level travel advisory, quarantining 195 citizens evacuated from China, and temporarily banning foreign nationals who have recently been to China from coming in.
With the case toll rising fast, reaching nearly 10,000 on January 31, and face masks flying off store shelves, it’s no wonder questions — and fears — are swirling about 2019-nCoV, as the virus is known.
What is this new coronavirus, and what are the symptoms?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that typically attack the respiratory system. The name comes from the Latin word corona , meaning crown, because of the spiky fringe that encircles these viruses. Most infect animals, such as bats, cats, and birds. Only seven, including 2019-nCoV, SARS, and MERS, are known to infect humans.
11823 confirmed cases globally, and over 170 deaths attributed to the infection, the vast majority in China.
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