While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
The current outbreak of COVID-19 underscores the need to study urban growth to understand the spread and control of future epidemics.
What's the best way to tackle coronavirus myths and misinformation if they come up in everyday conversation?
Poor communication and misinformation is yet another way an epidemic can cause harm. So it's important health authorities get their messaging right.
Viruses are small enough to pass through filters, including face masks. Disabling viruses with electrically charged gases could be a better way to curb airborne transmission.
Epidemiologists want to quickly identify any emerging disease's potential to spread far and wide. Dependent on a number of factors, this R0 number helps them figure that out and plan accordingly.
We have a strong tendency to overreact emotionally and underreact behaviourally to news of infectious diseases.
The Wuhan coronavirus can cause lung damage, pneumonia and multi-organ failure, or sepsis, among other things.
The Trump administration has cut funding for infectious disease research and reduced high-level staffing for global health security, leaving the nation less prepared for major outbreaks.
Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, is now under lockdown. What does that mean for its 11 million citizens, and for the rest of the world?
China's coronavirus outbreak is stoking fears that it could become the next great global pandemic. As the World Health Organization declares a global emergency, it's also fanning a pandemic of fear.
Social media has allowed researchers around the world to collaborate and co-ordinate their efforts to fight the outbreak and contain its spread.
The novel coronavirus spreading outward from Wuhan, China, will get an assist from a subset of infected people who transmit it to many others.
The preliminary evidence suggests the Wuhan coronavirus is less deadly than SARS. But with social media, panic can now spread more rapidly and further.
There's no evidence you can spread the Wuhan coronavirus before showing symptoms, but one study suggests it's possible for children and young people to be infectious without ever having symptoms.
Measles infection can be easily managed with prompt health care and symptom management. But without care, mild symptoms can turn into life threatening secondary infections or long-term effects.
The World Health Organization decided that the coronavirus outbreak in China is not a public health emergency of international concern. At least, not at the moment.
Two coronaviruses were identified in the 1960s, and five since SARS in 2003. It is the seventh that is now making headlines.
Four people in Australia have tested positive to the Wuhan coronavirus so far. So how does it spread, who is most at risk, and what is Australia doing to reduce transmission?
The virus seems to spread like any other respiratory illness – through coughs and sneezes, or contact with contaminated surfaces. Here's what we know about it so far.