NEW YORK - The newly identified COVID-19 virus refers to the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan China. This virus is different from the previously identified coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 which have been known to circulate among humans causing mild illness likened to the common cold.
COVID-19 was previously thought to only infect animals but has now emerged to spread among people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the first infections were associated with live animal markets in China but can spread person-to-person globally.
A live-updating map of novel coronavirus cases, courtesy of ARCGIS. Click on the Confirmed and Existing tabs (or the arrows), then use the + and - buttons to zoom in and out on the map. You can also scroll the map in different directions.
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