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Coronavirus lands in the US

Today, the first case of coronavirus was identified in the U.S. The man was infected when he traveled to visit relatives in the Wuhan, China. Here are some helpful FAQs.

Where has the coronavirus spread?

The CDC website reports:

Chinese authorities first identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in close to 300 confirmed human infections in China with several deaths reported. A number of countries, including the United States, have been actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan and exported human infections with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Thailand,external icon Japanexternal icon, and The Republic of Koreaexternal icon. The United States announced their first infection with 2019-nCoV detected in a traveler returning from Wuhan.

What is a coronavirus?

Again, the CDC:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS. Past MERS and SARS outbreaks have been complex, requiring comprehensive public health responses.

What does the network news say?

Take a look.

I will continue to monitor this story.

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