Series: The Novel Coronavirus And Wisconsin

Billions of people around the world are closer to one another through an unprecedented network of connections, from commerce to tourism to education. One risk posed by this growing number of links, fueled by denser populations and swifter travel, is the speed at which infectious diseases can race across continents and leap over oceans. A novel coronavirus originating in China is an example of this phenomenon. Barely more than a month after the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified, an infected patient was confirmed in Wisconsin. The emerging disease called COVID-19 has tested Wisconsin's public health infrastructure and caused officials, health care providers and residents to prepare for a potential outbreak in the state. The situation has also underscored how more common respiratory diseases like influenza challenge health authorities and the public.
 
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A case of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin was confirmed by the state Department of Health Services on Feb. 5. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses why medical face masks are a visible part of this outbreak and what public health officials say about using them.
The novel coronavirus sweeping through China and rippling across the globe is invisible to the naked eye, but one of its effects is increasingly conspicuous on sidewalks, public transit and doctors' offices around the world: the widespread use of face masks.
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The novel coronavirus has reached Wisconsin, making it the 12th confirmed case in the U.S. Wisconsin state epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard discusses this case, pending investigations and how the virus could potentially spread in the region.
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China has instituted severe quarantine procedures to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but what does that process look like in Wisconsin? UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor emeritus Patrick Remington discusses isolation and quarantine procedures in the state.
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A Dane County resident who traveled to China contracted the novel coronavirus, health officials confirmed on Feb. 5. The adult patient is the Wisconsin's first confirmed case of the new respiratory illness.
In the arsenal of weapons available to public health officials for combating outbreaks of infectious disease, quarantines are among their most serious options.
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Wisconsin dairy farmers and other producers are feeling the impact of trade uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
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Wisconsin universities and students are dealing with fears over the coronavirus outbreak.
Public health authorities and medical professionals in Wisconsin are preparing for potential cases of a respiratory virus that's new to humans, having emerged in China and subsequently spreading around the world.
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The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, but as anxieties rise around the world, communities are working to prevent its spread. Wisconsin state epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard details the status of preparations for a potential outbreak in Wisconsin.