Wuhan 2019-nCoV — What we’re reading: Tracking the spread, impacts and learning curve

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Wuhan Coronavirus Map – Tracking the spread of an outbreakThe New York Times is updating this quick, comprehensive source faster than the CDC is updating its site with numbers of cases confirmed in a growing number of countries.

Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China – The basis for Dr. Daniel Lucey’s evidence-based hypothesis published here Saturday, this sheds light on how much is yet to be learned of this outbreak’s origins.

In Wuhan’s virus wards  . . . Describing fast-crowding wards with “not enough hospitals and not enough beds, not enough doctors and not enough nurses, not enough rubber gloves and not enough face masks . . .”  — and not enough time for health workers to meet their most basic needs — this article raises issues that will be all the more challenging when the virus travels to a place less ready.

Many in China wear them, but do masks stop the spread of coronaviruses? Insights from experts, that include Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, chair of the public health committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America (which produces this blog) explain why masks may impart a false sense of security, and delineates more meaningful measures.

The new pneumonia-causing virus needs a name – Why not stick to 2019-nC0V and why not Wunan disease? (There are reasons both are bad ideas.) This article with looks back and examines the pitfalls and challenges of officially naming a virus — and of failing to do so.

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