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CORONAVIRUS FACT SHEET

Amidst news of a world wide outbreak of a new and deadly type of coronavirus, Japan has closed its schools for a month and the public supply of surgical masks is rapidly dwindling. Surgeons and hospitals may soon not have enough surgical masks.

What's important right now is to get the facts about the virus and have a smart response, rather than a mass panic. A mass panic could potentially be more dangerous than the virus itself (as we see with the decreasing supply of surgical masks).

The outbreak started in China. After a December 2019 outbreak in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new type of coronavirus, which is fatal. The organization named the virus COVID-19. The outbreak quickly moved from China around the world. It spreads the same way other coronaviruses do, through person-to-person contact. (WebMD)

Symptoms can show up anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. (WebMD)

Early on, the symptoms of COVID-19 are much like the common cold: fever, cough, shortness of breath. (WebMD)

Infections range from mild to serious. The virus can turn deadly if it leads to pneumonia, respiratory failure, or septic shock. Those most at risk of death are the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. (WebMD)

The fatality rate so far is 2% of all cases. (World Health Organization)

There is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. Those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms and most patients recover due to supportive care. (Aljazeera)

According to the most recent information, the new virus has infected more than 81,000 people and killed about 2,800 others since it was first detected. (Aljazeera)

However, much of the data the World Health Organization has released about the virus is from a paper published in China about the matter. (World Health Organization). And we also know that China is arresting people who speak up about the Coronavirus. (Business Insider, 2-20). So how accurate is the information we have on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) right now? We don't know.


WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)

What is the Coronavirus? (WebMD)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (WHO)

The 10 most common questions on the coronavirus answered (Aljazeera, 2-27-20)

3 charts that compare coronavirus to previous outbreaks (World Economic Forum, 2-19-20)

 

U.S. RESPONSE TO VIRUS

How Can the US Confront Coronavirus With 28 Million People Uninsured? (Truthout, 2-27-20)

CDC declined to test new coronavirus patient for days, California hospital says (The Hill, 2-27-20)

Sanders rips Pence: His last response to an epidemic was to 'pray' it away (The Hill, 2-27-20)

A faulty CDC coronavirus test delays monitoring of disease’s spread (Washington DC, 2-25-20)

As demand spikes for medical equipment, this Texas manufacturer is caught in coronavirus’s supply chain panic (The Washington Post, 2-15-20)

Silent Threat of the Coronavirus: America’s Dependence on Chinese Pharmaceuticals (Eco-Watch, 2-12-20)

We Don’t Have Enough Masks (The Atlantic, 1-30-20)

 

THE CORONAVIRUS AND TRUMP

Ex-Obama health adviser calls Trump comments on coronavirus response 'incoherent' (The Hill, 2-27-20)

Coronavirus triggers swift bipartisan backlash against Trump (Politico, 2-25-20)

Trump fired America’s pandemic response team and 6 other ways he ‘sabotaged’ our coronavirus response (Frontpage Live, 2-7-20)

 

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO VIRUS

Coronavirus Fears Prompt Japan To Close All Its Schools For A Month (NPR, 2-27-20)

At least 5 people in China have disappeared, gotten arrested, or been silenced after speaking out about the coronavirus — here's what we know about them(Business Insider, 2-27-20)