id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”Robert Rodriguez/CNET Health officials around the world continue to battle an outbreak of respiratory disease, first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December. The causative agent was traced to a novel coronavirus, dubbed SARS-CoV-2, which has now infected more than 70,000 people in China and claimed over 1,700 lives.
The spate of illness was first reported to the World Health Organization on New Year’s Eve and in the following weeks was linked to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses, the same family responsible for the diseases SARS and MERS, as well as some cases of the common cold. On Feb. 11, WHO and other organizations agreed to name the new illness COVID-19 (for “coronavirus disease 2019”).
A special WHO committee declared a public health emergency on Jan. 30, citing “the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems.” Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed, including in the US, and authorities around the world have limited travel and 더킹카지노 enforced quarantines to guard against the spread.
Some of the world’s largest tech firms have been adversely affected by the outbreak, shutting down stores and factories in China. Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest phone trade show, took the unprecedented step of cancelling the entire show on Feb. 12 due to growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.
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