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The deadly Coronavirus has arrived in Washington state, and officials are scrambling to contain this first U.S. outbreak. Thought to originate in Wuhan, China, this virus has already infected over 400 people worldwide, and at least 17 deaths have been recorded. Presenting as a type of pneumonia, cases have been logged in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
Across the nation, airports have begun screening passengers coming in from China, but will these measures prove too little, too late? Is it now time for the president to temporarily shut down travel between the world’s two largest economies?
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Authorities in China have confirmed that health workers have been infected, indicating the disease is capable of human to human transmission even in supposedly safe medical treatment conditions. What this means for those in Washington trying to stop the spread is a race against the clock to trace all people with whom the unidentified man has come into contact.
The official name for this strain is 2019-nCoV, which is part of the coronavirus family that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
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The director of the National Centre for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases, Nancy Messonnier, predicted last week that a case would soon show up in the U.S., and now warns that we can expect more cases. She said, “Information is rapidly evolving. We hope over the coming days the situation will become clear.”
Now that the disease has crossed several borders and is known to be transmittable between humans, it can only be a matter of time before this becomes a serious international issue.
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The infections to date are:
While the death toll is relatively low for now – less than 5% of those known to be infected – if the disease spreads further, this could increase as medical teams come under strain.
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