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.