The Global Health Emergency
The Wuhan China coronavirus outbreak, declared a Global Health Emergency by the World Health Organization and now officially named COVID-19, continues its rapid spread with more than 80,000 reported infections and nearly 3,000 deaths, surpassing the totals from the SARS epidemic in 2003. Nearly all of the deaths and most of those infected are in China. And of particular concern is the growing stress on health systems with the spread of the outbreak, including the vulnerability of health workers; in China at least 3,000 health workers have been infected. However, infection rates abroad continue to grow with the virus now reported in more than two dozen countries. Beyond mainland China, deaths have been reported in Hong Kong, France, Japan, Philippines and Taiwan. Photo of Dr. Julie working with medical team in Haiti after a hurricane strike. Watch the video of Dr. Julie describing the virus.