Gunter 1 John Gunter Professor Yakita Burn AMH 2020 13 March 2020 Coronavirus Disease Pandemic The coronavirus disease, an outbreak of viral pneumonia started in the city of Wuhan, China back in December 2019. This new virus is the pathogen responsible for this infectious respiratory disease called COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease). This disease has now been detected in over 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” The impact of COVID-19 is broken down into three categories; Source and Spread, Severity, and Risk Assessment. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, and bats. It is rare that animal coronaviruses can infect people and spread between them such as the new virus we have now named, COVID-19. At the beginning, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had a link to large seafood and live animal market, suggesting that this virus was an animal-to-person spread. Later, after a growing number of patients did not have exposure to animal markets, indicated that this was a person-to-person spread. This type of spread was reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, like the United States. Community Spread means some people
Gunter 2 have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Some
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- Epidemiology, World Health Organization, John Gunter