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Coronavirus has Americans rushing to buy face masks. That isn’t necessary.

Coronavirus has Americans rushing to buy face masks. That isn’t necessary.

When Vivi Widyaningsih stopped by her local Target and CVS stores in Tallahassee, Florida, she was surprised to find that all surgical masks were out of stock. After all, there hadn’t been any cases of coronavirus in Florida. Widyaningsih, who considers herself an overly cautious person, turned to Amazon and selected three masks to purchase…
Coronavirus is starting to hit Big Tech’s bottom line 

Coronavirus is starting to hit Big Tech’s bottom line 

The outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus disease has taken the lives of over 2,100 people — with all but 11 of those deaths in China — and infected over 75,000 as of February 20. As the world scrambles to contain the public health crisis, global businesses are starting to take a hit, particularly in the…
The coronavirus cruise ship quarantine is a scary public health experiment

The coronavirus cruise ship quarantine is a scary public health experiment

It’s a hypochondriac’s worst nightmare and a startling public health crisis: The largest coronavirus outbreak outside of mainland China is currently floating in Japanese waters, on a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. The outbreak was first detected when an 80-year-old passenger tested positive for the virus on February 1, a week after disembarking in…
8 questions about the coronavirus outbreak, answered

8 questions about the coronavirus outbreak, answered

The coronavirus outbreak, centered in China, is evolving at a dizzying speed. In the past 24 hours alone, Russia and Singapore sealed their borders to China and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency. Meanwhile, the US government announced the first case of person-to-person spread on American soil, issued its highest-level…
How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting travel

How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting travel

American, Delta, and United Airlines will temporarily suspend all flights to mainland China in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes days after most major carriers announced reduced service to China; American will stop flights immediately through March 27, while Delta and United will suspend service starting on February 6. Earlier this week,…
The coronavirus outbreak is now a global health emergency, WHO says

The coronavirus outbreak is now a global health emergency, WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus spreading quickly across China a global health emergency — a rare designation the agency gives disease threats that pose an international risk. The decision Thursday came as the number of people diagnosed with the 2019-nCoV virus has skyrocketed to more than 8,200,…
Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: News and updates

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: News and updates

Hundreds of people have been sickened by a new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV, in at least eight countries, including the US. Coronaviruses attack the respiratory system, sometimes targeting the cells deep within the lungs. Only seven, including 2019-nCoV, SARS, and MERS, have evolved to infect humans. The outbreak was first reported to the World Health Organization…
A Deadly Coronavirus Is Spreading In China, But What Exactly Is It?

A Deadly Coronavirus Is Spreading In China, But What Exactly Is It?

But, coronavirus was identified in China last month and monitored closely. On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization office in China was informed of cases of pneumonia with an unknown cause in Wuhan. Then, on January 7, Chinese authorities identified a novel coronavirus and WHO published interim medical guidance to prepare countries for the…

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