An Update on China and the Coronavirus

Expat Academy An Update on China and the Coronavirus

A unique strain of viral pneumonia-like illness

On December 31, 2019, health authorities in China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of a unique strain of viral pneumonia-like illness emerging in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many of the infected first identified were vendors or visitors at a wet market that sold fish and wild animal meat, which was subsequently closed on January 1, 2020. By January 7, the virus was identified as a new form of coronavirus, a family of viruses that includes Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and less severe viruses such as the common cold.

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