Here's the most updated information about the coronavirus, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Updated at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and now called COVID-19, originated in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization has declared that the coronavirus is "a global health emergency." On February 11, it was given a new name to make it easily distinguishable from other viruses:
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms that include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The severity of the illness varies with each person, and symptoms can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days to manifest after a person is exposed.
Courtesy of CDC
By the Numbers
- There are currently more than 60,364 cases reported worldwide. Countries with confirmed cases include: China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
- There have been 1,370 deaths so far (all in Asia), including the Chinese doctor who first warned the world about the virus back in December.
- There are currently 15 confirmed cases in the U.S., with 66 potential cases pending confirmation.
At this time, the confirmed cases are in Washington, California, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, and Massachusetts.
Courtesy of the CDC, as of February 13