Series: The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 And Wisconsin: February 2020


 
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, with many hundreds more cases confirmed in subsequent weeks. The emerging disease called COVID-19 has tested Wisconsin's public health infrastructure as the state's public officials, health care providers and residents respond to the global pandemic. The crisis has also underscored how more common respiratory diseases like influenza challenge health authorities and the public.More
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared that the novel coronavirus has the potential to spread more widely in the U.S. Wisconsin Department of Health Services deputy administrator Chuck Warzecha discusses what the state is doing to prepare for an outbreak.
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State and federal officials are warning schools to prepare themselves for the spread of COVID-19.
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When swine flu started circulating worldwide in 2009, Wisconsin and other states weren’t spared. So hospitals and health officials in Wisconsin want to be prepared if the novel coronavirus gets worse.
A serious new respiratory illness is gaining steam around the world, and epidemiologists, virologists and many other scientists are sprinting to learn as much about it as quickly as possible.
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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.