Controlling the coronavirus outbreak depends on two things: whether China can control the disease within its own borders, and whether countries with travel-related coronavirus cases can contain outbreaks, too, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.
Some sharing platform companies, like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber, are urging users and hosts to take cautionary measures to avoid the virus and its spread. But that has left a lot of open questions, and the platforms’ users are increasingly navigating a complex, public health crisis on their own.
Top of The World: For the first time, billionaire Mike Bloomberg will join Democratic candidates for president on the debate stage this evening in Nevada. Also, passengers of the quarantined Diamond Princess are disembarking the cruise ship today, though 79 new cases of the novel coronavirus were announced onboard. And in Jerusalem, a Palestinian running group is raising awareness about decades of restrictions on the freedom of movement.
Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China.
The new coronavirus outbreak centering in China, has led to the spread of a deluge of information, both reliable and unreliable. The WHO calls it an "infodemic." What do we know and don't know about COVID-19? The World’s Elana Gordon hosted a Facebook Live on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 with Dr. Michael Mina of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
As a novel coronavirus began spreading from Wuhan, China, scientists from across the country collaborated to isolate, sequence and publish the complete genetic code of the virus — just a month after the first documented case.