Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there
The virus will likely spread to all countries on the globe, but actions can still limit its impact
Getting ready for the possibility of major disruptions is not only smart; it’s also our civic duty
The Coronavirus and Right-Wing Postmodernism
Does right-wing skepticism toward the coronavirus have anything to do with the postmodern philosophy of Thomas Kuhn?...
How the Coronavirus Is Hampering Science
Research meetings are being canceled left and right over epidemic fears, slowing the work of scientists—especially those who are early in their career
Coronavirus Poses Unique Threat to U.S. Homeless Population
Seattle’s outbreak shows the challenges unhoused communities could face throughout the U.S.
Sidelining Scientists Can Only Make COVID-19 Worse
We need to hear about the risks directly from the experts, not through the filter of politicians
Coronavirus Hot Zone: The View from the U.S. Epicenter
Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs reports from the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: Kirkland, Wash. In this first installment of an ongoing series, he looks at why children seem to weather this disease better than adults and the complicated issue of shuttering schools...
What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus?
Scientists expect to see changes in the timing, location and severity of disease outbreaks as global temperatures rise
Synthetic Biologists Think They Can Develop a Better Coronavirus Vaccine Than Nature Could
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are betting on a different approach than existing efforts for battling COVID-19
The Poor and Marginalized Will Be the Hardest Hit by Coronavirus
We need to rethink our public health strategies before the next outbreak—even if the conversations are uncomfortable
To Fight Coronavirus Outbreak, Doctors Deploy Drugs Targeting HIV, Malaria and Ebola
Despite flimsy evidence, trying these drugs in humans is the only way to know if they will work against COVID-19
How Coronaviruses Cause Infection—from Colds to Deadly Pneumonia
The novel coronavirus outbreak raises questions about how such pathogens evolve and what makes infections mild or severe
Here’s How Computer Models Simulate the Future Spread of New Coronavirus
They aim for clarity amid confusion surrounding the outbreak
Disease Caused by the Novel Coronavirus Officially Has a Name: COVID-19
The World Health Organization chose the name based on the type of virus and the year the first cases were seen
Researchers Map Structure of Coronavirus “Spike” Protein
The finding could help lay the groundwork for a vaccine
Will the New Coronavirus Keep Spreading or Not? You Have to Know One Little Number
Whenever there’s a new outbreak, scientists rush to calculate a number called R0, or R-naught
Novel Coronavirus Is a Reminder: The Best Defense against a New Viral Outbreak Is Early Detection
Infectious disease surveillance networks already exist, but they can be highly porous
U.S. to Quarantine 195 Americans Evacuated from Wuhan
CDC officials raised the possibility that the coronavirus could become a pandemic, but hoped it would not be
CDC Confirms First Known Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in U.S.
The case involved the husband of an infected woman who recently traveled to China
Want to Prevent Another Coronavirus Epidemic?
We need to treat it as the deadly biological threat it is
Australian Lab First to Grow New Virus Outside China
The team plans to share the virus with groups around the world to spur development of diagnostics and vaccines
Stopping the Coronavirus: Have We Learned the Lessons from SARS?
The parallel dos and don’ts for the two viruses are striking
The Coronavirus Questions That Scientists Are Racing to Answer
Although scientists have learned a lot so far, there is still much they do not know about the novel virus spreading in China and other countries
WHO Declares Coronavirus Outbreak a Global Health Emergency
The declaration was made because of the risk the virus poses to countries outside China, where limited person-to-person spread has occurred
Experts Warn of Possible Sustained Global Spread of New Coronavirus
If the virus cannot be contained, it could start regularly circulating in the population like other common respiratory viruses
China’s Citywide Quarantines: Are They Ethical and Effective?
The country has shut down all travel to and from Wuhan and nearby cities in an attempt to curb the spread of a new virus
CDC Reports Second U.S. Case of Novel Virus Spreading in China
The patient had recently returned to Chicago from Wuhan
Four “Generations” of Spread Seen with Virus in China, Alarming Experts
Evidence suggests at least one Chinese patient ignited a chain of human-to-human transmission
Some Scientists Skeptical about Snakes Spreading New Virus in China
A genetic analysis suggests a reptilian reservoir, but researchers doubt the coronavirus could have originated in animals other than birds or mammals
WHO Declines to Declare Coronavirus Outbreak a Global Health Emergency
The agency’s director-general said it is an emergency in China, but not yet globally
Infectious Disease Expert Discusses What We Know about the New Virus in China
Federal disease agency director Anthony Fauci discusses the novel pathogen that has, so far, sickened hundreds in Asia and one person in the U.S.
WHO Calls for Emergency Meeting on New Virus in China as Cases Spread to Health Care Workers
The new coronavirus has sickened people in several countries, and there has been at least one confirmed case of human-to-human transmission
WHO Says Mysterious Illness in China Likely Being Caused by New Virus
The virus behind an outbreak that has sickened at least 59 people in Wuhan is thought to be a type of coronavirus, the family that includes SARS and MERS
Cause of Wuhan’s Mysterious Pneumonia Cases Still Unknown, Chinese Officials Say
The virus has sickened 59 people so far but does not appear to be transmitting among humans