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COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a family of RNA viruses that typically cause mild respiratory disease in humans. A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Our experts are closely following and analyzing updates on this outbreak. The following resources will be routinely updated.

Situation Reports

Updates on the emerging novel coronavirus from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

View all of the situation reports.


Fact Sheets

Coronaviruses Fact Sheet (PDF)
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of RNA viruses that typically cause mild respiratory disease in humans. A novel coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

US Travel Screening (PDF), as of January 22, 2020
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) agency are implementing returning traveler screening for all travelers on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 Genetics (PDF)
A summary of findings from the latest phylogenetic research on COVID-19.

Financing for epidemic response activities (PDF)
There are several major sources of money that could be used to support outbreak response activities.

WHO’s Role During Health Emergencies (PDF)
As the health lead for the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has the primary responsibility to respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

Diagnostic Testing for COVID-19 (PDF)
Diagnostic testing for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is undertaken using 2 approaches: whole genome sequencing and real-time reverse transcriptase PCR (rRT-PCR).

Blame and Discrimination Attached to COVID-19—An FAQ for US Elected Leaders and Health Officials (PDF)
When fear of disease and fear of others collide

Ventilator Stockpiling and Availability in the US (PDF)
Mechanical ventilation is a vital component of critical services for patients exhibiting severe acute respiratory failure.


Experts in the Media

The Washington Post
The coronavirus and the long history of blaming ‘the other’ in public health crises, feat. Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD

CBS News
How soon can scientists find a coronavirus vaccine?, feat. Amesh Adalja, MD

Time
Experts Worry Quarantine Procedures May Actually Increase Infection Risk on Cruise Ship Docked in Japan with COVID-19, feat. Tom Inglesby, MD

The Washington Post
Most coronavirus cases are mild, complicating the response, feat. Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH

Vox
Why we still don’t know how deadly this new coronavirus is, written by Caitlin Rivers, PhD, MPH and Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH

A thread on Twitter
Dr. Tom Inglesby shares comments on Twitter on 1/26/2020 (PDF)
Dr. Tom Inglesby shares comments on Twitter on 2/2/2020 (PDF)
Dr. Tom Inglesby shares comments on Twitter on 2/6/2020 (PDF)
Dr. Tom Inglesby shares comments on Twitter on 2/10/2020 (PDF)
Dr. Tom Inglesby shares comments on Twitter on 2/15/2020 (PDF)
Dr. Tom Inglesby shares comments on Twitter on 2/17/2020 (PDF)

Center for Health Security expert Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo testifies at first open congressional hearing on 2019-nCoV


Health Security Special Online Issue on Coronaviruses

10 relevant articles from Health Security on coronaviruses, outbreak preparedness and response, infection control, and public health policy are freely available through February 29, 2020 to facilitate the conversation around health security.


Other important external resources

CCDC: Surveillance programme (PDF)
CCDC: Epidemiological investigations (PDF)
CCDC: Contact tracing (PDF)
CCDC: Laboratory diagnostics (PDF)

Tracking the Wuhan Coronavirus

The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at JHU is tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-time.

 

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