The origins of Coronavirus in China and how far it may reach. Let our expert help explain what’s next for Covid-19?

The origins of Coronavirus in China and how far it may reach. Let our expert help explain what’s next for Covid-19?

March 3, 20202 min read

What started in China with the world watching, now has the globe’s full attention as some countries are locking down borders and advising residents to prepare for the worst. In America, leaders are urging caution and hoping to ease anxiety among the population.

The number of coronavirus cases across the nation surged to more than 100 on Tuesday with six deaths blamed on the outbreak.

That doesn't mean it's time to panic, said Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

“Caution, preparedness, but not panic,” he said.

That message was echoed at the White House, where Vice President Mike Pence confirmed "four additional fatalities" in Washington state Monday but stressed again that the risk "remains low" according to experts who are working with the Trump administration's newly formed coronavirus task force.

There are more than 40 "domestic cases," mostly in California and Washington state, Pence said, and even more cases of people who came from other countries. 

However, as Covid-19 creeps closer to pandemic levels, there’s a lot of information out there, and not all of it is accurate. So, if you’re a journalist covering the progressing story – let Manhattanville College help ensure you get the right information and facts for your stories.

Manhattanville College Professor Anna Yeung-Cheung is a biologist, virologist and infectious disease expert and has a lot of insight and experience with infectious diseases and Covid-19.

When asked recently by how Coronavirus can kill a young doctor if the risks are primarily to older people and small children, Professor Yeung Cheung said it was due to the repeated exposure because of his profession.

“It’s a dosage thing,” explained Anna Yeung-Cheung to “Health care workers are exposed to far more people, often pretty sick people, than the average person, and therefore stand to come in contact with higher levels of the virus. A lot of virus can still overwhelm a healthy immune system.”

Originally from Hong Kong, Professor Anna Yeung-Cheung received her B.S. from National Taiwan University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Yeung-Cheung is available to comment on global pandemics and where we are now with Covid-19. Simply click on her icon to arrange an interview today.

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