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Coronavirus: What HR needs to know

The pneumonia-like disease can spread through human-to-human transmission

Source | | Rachel Ranosa

The first US case of the 2019 novel coronavirus has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Authorities are now on high alert.

The deadly pneumonia-like disease – more popularly known as the Wuhan virus after it was first detected in the city of Wuhan in central China back in December – has claimed at least nine lives and spread to more than 400. Cases have also emerged in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The disease can be transmitted through human-to-human contact, authorities from China’s National Health Commission have warned.

With the Lunar New Year celebrations coming up, officials across the world are anticipating the virus will spread even more quickly as thousands join in the festivities.

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