The Threat (Why We are Concerned)
Since initial reports in December 2019 of an outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses due to a novel coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2, or SARS-CoV-2) in Wuhan, Peoples Republic of China (PRC), the disease (COVID-19) has spread rapidly across the globe. As of 9 March, there had been 118,326 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with 4,627 deaths affecting 114 countries (see Table 1). Most of these have occurred in Hubei Province, PRC. Since the first SARS-CoV-2 case in the United States was reported on 23 January, that number has grown to 938 in 39 states.