The W.H.O. announced on Feb. 11 a new name for the disease caused by the current novel coronavirus epidemic: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). As for the virus itself, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has decided on SARS-CoV-2, which “formally recognizes this virus as a sister to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses.” #COVID19 and #SARSCoV2 are the common social media signatures we are encouraging people use.

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Toronto Public Health Reports First Presumptive Confirmed Case of Novel Coronavirus

Toronto Public Health Reports First Presumptive Confirmed Case of Novel Coronavirus

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received notification of Toronto’s first presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a resident who recently returned from Wuhan China. The…

Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in Washington State Resident

Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in Washington State Resident

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed a case of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a Snohomish County resident. While the risk to…

CDC Announces Entry Screening to Begin at LAX, SFO and JFK for Novel Coronavirus

CDC Announces Entry Screening to Begin at LAX, SFO and JFK for Novel Coronavirus

Starting January 17, 2020, travelers from Wuhan to the United States will undergo entry screening for symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV at three U.S. airports that…

Thailand Confirms Novel Coronavirus in Traveler from Wuhan City

Thailand Confirms Novel Coronavirus in Traveler from Wuhan City

Chinese health authorities release nCoV-2019 full genome; transparency facilitates global biosurveillance efforts. On January 11, 2020, Chinese health authorities preliminarily identified more than 40 human…

Mystery China Pneumonia Outbreak Likely Caused by New Human Coronavirus

Mystery China Pneumonia Outbreak Likely Caused by New Human Coronavirus

Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified…

Should We Be Worried About the New Coronavirus?

Should We Be Worried About the New Coronavirus?

The World Health Organisation has postponed its decision about whether to classify the new Wuhan coronavirus as a global health emergency. It wants to gather…

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Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus — United States, January 2020

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) On January 17, CDC and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection began health screenings at U.S.…

Bats’ Fierce Immune Systems Drive Viruses To Higher Virulence, Making Them Deadlier in Humans

A new University of California, Berkeley, study finds that bats’ fierce immune response to viruses could drive viruses to replicate faster, so that when they jump to…

Steroids Could Do More Harm Than Good in Treating Coronavirus

Steroids should be avoided in the treatment of the current novel coronavirus, experts have advised. A commentary article published in The Lancet concludes that, based on evidence from previous…

A Pneumonia Outbreak Associated with a New Coronavirus of Probable Bat Origin

NOTE: The following paper (.pdf) is undergoing accelerated peer-review. Abstract follows: Since the SARS outbreak 18 years ago, a large number of severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronaviruses…

Coronavirus and Brexit: UK Must Act Quickly Before Being Shut out of Europe’s Health Protection System

The threat posed by 2019-nCoV and the fragmentation of existing health protection systems caused by Brexit call for urgent assessment of cross Europe cooperation, say Mark Flear…

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