The Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, has claimed its first victim outside of China. A man died in the Philippines after traveling there from Wuhan, China, the center of the epidemic. At this time, it is unknown why the man travelled to the Philippines or what symptoms he exhibited upon his arrival, although officials state he had severe pneumonia. This may have contributed to his death.
According to CNN, the United States, New Zealand and the Phillipines are currently restricting travel from any foreign nationals who have recently visited China. Several airlines are stopping all flights to China until the situation is resolved. The U.S. has also pulled all non-essential personnel from China and is highly encouraging citizens to avoid traveling to mainland China until the epidemic is contained. Almost 200 American citizens are currently under quarantine in California after being evacuated from China.
Only a handful of cases have been reported in the United States. At this time, public health officials are encouraging Americans to remain calm. It is highly unlikely that anyone who has not travelled to China in the past 14 days will develop Coronavirus. Anyone who has recently travelled to China should contact a healthcare professional for more in-depth information.
More than 300 people have died from the Coronavirus to date, and over 14,000 have been infected. According to the New York Times at least 24 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, including countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Most of those infected are Chinese nationals who recently visited the country.
The Chinese government is working furiously to control the outbreak. Almost as soon as the virus began to spread, Chinese officials limited movement in and out of Wuhan. Within 10 days, the country built a large hospital in Wuhan. Many areas of Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, are under quarantine to limit the spread of the virus. The Chinese military has deployed thousands of troops to maintain order and provide medical care to any infected residents.