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Coronavirus infections

| February 24, 2020
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By now almost everyone is aware of the coronavirus outbreak first detected in China and now known as “COVID-19”.  The latest data (2/23/20) from Johns Hopkins University, which has been monitoring the situation closely, shows 78,990 confirmed cases worldwide, with 2,469 deaths.  An under-appreciated facet of this virus is the stunningly high rate of transmission, as illustrated by the nearly-vertical line on the chart below.  The extremely high velocity of transmission from person to person is perhaps the most frightening characteristic of this new killer.  Chart from Reuters.

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