States race to stop virus, as official warns of worse ahead

Governors and other leaders scrambling to slow the spread of the coronavirus stepped up bans on large public gatherings and a rapidly expanding list of universities moved classes online, as the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert Wednesday warned that the worst is yet to come. With cases in the U.S. topping 1,000 and the number of deaths climbing to 31, […]

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South Korea on frontline as coronavirus spreads

The deadly coronavirus epidemic spread further outside China on Monday with a surge of infections in South Korea making it the biggest hotspot abroad, while authorities in Europe and the Middle East battled worsening outbreaks. The number of fatalities in China also continued to soar, with 150 more confirmed deaths taking the official death toll to nearly 2,600. Chinese authorities […]

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Is the coronavirus outbreak as bad as SARS?

As the new coronavirus continues to cross international borders, the two key questions on public health officials’ minds are: ‘How deadly is it?’ and ‘Can it be contained?’. The two outbreaks in recent memory that give the most insight into these questions are the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, which spread from China to 26 other countries but was contained after eight […]

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Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

Hong Kong hospitals cut services as medical workers were striking for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off a virus that caused its first death in the semi-autonomous territory. All but two of Hong Kong’s land and sea crossings with the mainland were closed at midnight after more than 2,000 […]

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Coronavirus spreads to EVERY part of China as death toll jumps to 170

Killer coronavirus spreads to EVERY region of China as death toll jumps to 170 and almost 8,000 people have caught the deadly SARS-like infection China has confirmed 7,711 cases – more than 100 have been recorded elsewhere Deaths have also risen to 170, with 38 patients succumbing in the deadliest day Finland and the UAE yesterday became the latest countries […]

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Millions quarantined as China scrambles to halt virus

China has quarantined millions of people and urged its citizens to delay overseas travel as it scrambles to stop a deadly coronavirus epidemic from spreading further. Authorities also ordered schools and universities to remain closed on Tuesday after extending a national holiday by a week in a bid to contain an outbreak that has already killed more than 100 people […]

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As we age, women are frailer but more resilient than men

Women tend to have poorer health status and are more frail, but are more resilient and have longer life expectancy than men, according to the authors of a narrative review on frailty, published online today by the Medical Journal of Australia. Frailty can be defined as a state of increased vulnerability that is associated with adverse health outcomes. “It has […]

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China warns virus could mutate and spread as death toll rises

A new virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and reached the United States could mutate and spread, China warned Wednesday, as authorities urged people to steer clear of the city at the heart of the outbreak. The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland […]

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