It is not easy to keep a track of the outbreak of the latest coronavirus which was first seen the previous month in Wuhan, however, we can establish that the virus has no intention of leaving anytime soon. The first U.S.-based case of the virus was reported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This was an individual who returned, on the 15th of January, from Wuhan, and went to Washington to get treated following the development of symptoms.
The occurrences of the virus have been seen in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. A first infection was also confirmed today by Taiwan. This occurred in a boy from the Philippines who is said to have tested positive for it. Today, the total number of the cases of the virus rose to over 300. The infection has also led to the demise of 6 individuals.
Yesterday, a panel of health experts based in China confirmed what was already feared by many scientists. They stated how the new virus can spread between people, implying how it could be tougher to control it now.
According to the panel, health care workers have also become infected.
The dramatic spread of the virus increased worries in people over how it could be similar to 2003’s respiratory syndrome episode when a similar coronavirus made its way from China to over 30 nations.
In a statement, the head of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar said how the outbreak is very worrisome. He added how the focus should be directed to evidence-based interventions. Jeremy Farrar added how there are no assured vaccines or cures, and that the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations is working alongside international associates to speed up vaccine research for the latest threat. The Wellcome Trust supports the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.