The same technological forces that make the Wuhan outbreak a global concern are also key to managing the crisis response.
Poor communication and misinformation is yet another way an epidemic can cause harm. So it's important health authorities get their messaging right.
Through public genome sequences, a team in Berlin perfected a molecular diagnostic protocol to detect the 2019-nCoV more than a week before the first case was confirmed in Germany.
Frontier research initiatives to tackle the 2019 coronavirus seem to be dominated by institutions in China, the US, Japan and labs across Europe. Very little seem to be coming form Indonesia.
Chinese travellers help create about 0.6% of Australia's GDP. How long we keep them out will make a difference to economic growth.
A police officer in Beijing adjusts his face mask, which millions in China are using in hopes of preventing coronavirus infection, on Feb. 9, 2020. The virus is causing major disruptions.
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While US residents may feel safe from the effects of the coronavirus, the aftershocks could be damaging in unexpected ways. The disruption to China's supply chain could cause drug shortages.
A man wears a mask while walking through the empty streets of Beijing, January 27 2020.
When cinemas closed down, Huanxi Media Group turned a crisis into an opportunity.
As cities have shut down and residential compounds have issued curfews, social media in China have become more important than ever. But it is a place of rumours and mistruths.
The spread of false information can have a devastating impact on affected communities.
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Misinformation spreads fast when people are afraid and a contagious and potentially fatal disease is frightening. This provides the ideal emotionally charged context for rumours to thrive.
A women wearing a protective face mask delivers a leaflet on coronavirus, in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan 24, 2020.
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The coronavirus is still spreading in China, and the doctor who warned Chinese officials early on about a possible outbreak is now dead. But in the US, some think the outbreak is exaggerated. Is it?
New Zealand has become more economically dependent on China than many nations in the past generation, with a 12-fold jump in trade in commercial services.
Places where lots of animals come into contact can help pathogens move from species to species.
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In the real world, new diseases emerge from complex environments. To learn more about how, scientists set up whole artificial ecosystems in the lab, instead of focusing on just one factor at a time.
To how many others will one infected person spread the infection?
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.
The Chinese government is accused of reacting too slowly to the health crisis and silencing its critics. Now, the public is angry and wants party leaders to be held accountable.
The Wuhan coronavirus can cause lung damage, pneumonia and multi-organ failure, or sepsis, among other things.
Camp beds set up for travelers returning to Germany from China, who will be isolated for two weeks to make sure they don’t have coronavirus.
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Even before people understood how germs spread disease, they tried to isolate the sick to keep them from infecting others.
Employees disinfect ticket gates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 28, 2020.
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Australian scientists have grown the Wuhan virus in a lab, and that will speed up the search for a vaccine. It also will help scientists understand how the virus is transmitted from person to person.
People panic-buying face masks to protect themselves from coronavirus risk running down stocks should we really need them.
Whether by biology or behavior, some people in the crowd will transmit coronavirus to more than the average number of others.
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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 Wuhan Jinyintan hospital is bearing the brunt. Based on what we know so far, the economic impact will be limited.
The 1918 Spanish Flu, the 1957-1958 Asian Flu and the 2001-2002 SARS pandemic give us a frame of reference.
Masks are selling out in Singapore amid concerns about the Wuhan virus.
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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.