Fact Sheets

Coronavirus Scientific Fact(s)

Coronaviruses Fact Sheet (PDF)
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of RNA viruses that typically cause mild respiratory disease in humans. A novel coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

US Travel Screening (PDF), as of January 22, 2020
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) agency are implementing returning traveler screening for all travelers on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 Genetics (PDF)
A summary of findings from the latest phylogenetic research on COVID-19.

Financing for epidemic response activities (PDF)
There are several major sources of money that could be used to support outbreak response activities.

WHO’s Role During Health Emergencies (PDF)
As the health lead for the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has the primary responsibility to respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

Diagnostic Testing for COVID-19 (PDF)
Diagnostic testing for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is undertaken using 2 approaches: whole genome sequencing and real-time reverse transcriptase PCR (rRT-PCR).

Blame and Discrimination Attached to COVID-19—An FAQ for US Elected Leaders and Health Officials (PDF)
When fear of disease and fear of others collide

Ventilator Stockpiling and Availability in the US (PDF)
Mechanical ventilation is a vital component of critical services for patients exhibiting severe acute respiratory failure.

Serology testing for COVID-19 (PDF)
Serology tests are blood-based tests that can be used to identify whether people have been exposed to a particular pathogen.

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