As of February 17 at 10:43 a.m. EST, there were 71,902 confirmed coronavirus cases across 29 countries, and 1,775 deaths attributed to the illness. The majority of the confirmed cases, and all but five of the deaths, have been in mainland China. We only have 15 cases in the United States, 13 of which are travel, two of which are spouses of the travelers. As of Monday morning, we now have 14 additional cases, because people were flown in from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. One U.S. citizen diagnosed with the coronavirus has died in Wuhan.
The potency and movement of the virus has rallied the international cooperation of various agencies and governments. On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a “public health emergency of international concern,” followed a day later by the United States’ own declaration.
At stake in the outbreak is not only the health of thousands of people but also significant parts of the world economy, including trade, manufacturing, travel and tourism.
USA TODAY has been covering the coronavirus outbreak from all angles since it was first reported.
We are four of the reporters covering coronavirus for USA TODAY. Ask us anything!
Jayne O’Donnell is the health policy reporter for USA TODAY. As a Washington-based reporter, she is helping to cover the federal response to the virus’s spread, the effect on health care systems and consumers’ mental and physical health as fears grow. Just yesterday she interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, about coronavirus.
Grace Hauck is a breaking news reporter for USA TODAY. She’s been tracking the spread of the virus and communicating with Americans in isolation in Wuhan, China and in quarantine at military bases in the U.S.
Curtis Tate is a senior travel reporter for USA TODAY. He has spent 17 years as a reporter and copy editor for Gannett, Dow Jones and McClatchy. Recently, he’s been following the implications of coronavirus for the traveling public and efforts by the federal government to screen airline passengers returning from China.
Morgan is a travel reporter with a focus on cruises for USA TODAY. She has been covering coronavirus’s impact on cruises and the cruise industry.
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