As of Monday, there have been 15 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and one confirmed death of an American. In addition to those patients, US health officials are currently monitoring hundreds of people across the country for the virus. Those infected with coronavirus are exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Additional resources for tracking the virus include this page from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from the WHO. These websites list up to date news on the spread of the virus as well as situation reports and maps of infected areas. Researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital and Northeastern University have also launched a virus tracking website with real-time updates.
Coronavirus was first reported to the WHO on Dec. 31, with Chinese investigators linking the disease to the coronavirus family of viruses, which also includes the deadly SARS and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has maintained the position that the public risk from coronavirus in the US right now is still considered low. Messonnier said the strategy behind the US response to coronavirus is to slow it down, not stop it.
“It’s important to know that this strategy is not meant to catch every single traveler returning from China with novel coronavirus,” said Messonnier, at a previous press briefing. “Given the nature of this virus and how it’s spreading, that would be impossible. But working together, we can catch the majority of them.”
Nonetheless, financial markets are on edge amid fears of a global pandemic. The DOW Industrial has crashed and rebounded several times over the last few weeks, and Chinese stocks have plunged as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.
Individual technology companies have also reported uncertainty surrounding the Chinese market and the impact of the coronavirus. Apple noted in its first-quarter financial results that the coronavirus outbreak in China is affecting operations, and Google has closed offices and limited business travel. There are also concerns that the broader technology supply chain in China will be disrupted by the virus.
The Mobile World Congress technology conference in Barcelona was canceled due to coronavirus fears and dwindling corporate attendance. A number of high profile companies pulled out of the event before it was canceled — including Amazon, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Sony, Nvidia, LG and Ericsson — and event organizers preemptively banned all attendees from Hubei province.