W.H.O. Declares Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

On Thursday, January 30th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the recent coronavirus outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, a public health emergency of international concern. In response, the state department in the United States has set a new travel advisory to China to Level 4, the highest level of caution.

A courier delivers medical supplies to a hospital in Wuhan, China (Source: NY Times).

The WHO emergency declaration comes after cases of person-to-person transmission, where people who have not traveled to China during the outbreak, began to come down with the virus. To date, there have been 9,800 cases confirmed and 218 people have died. Nearly 2000 cases were reported in the last 48 hours. Most cases are in China; 98 cases have been reported in 18 other countries.

Despite supplies being sent from around the world, officials are saying that medical supplies are running low in central China. Residents in Wuhan are shutting themselves in their homes, only coming out for food and medicine. There is concern that if this continues for a long time, there may be a tightening of supplies, affecting the poorer citizens in urban Wuhan and the countryside.

PQMD will continue to monitor this situation. Read more at the New York Times.

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