Topping the list of people eager for an official name for nCoV2019: The makers of Corona beer.BoingBoing has revealed a recent spike in Google searches for “corona beer virus.” Evidently some people believe the Mexican brew is somehow connected to the virus.

Chinese health officials are now warning that the fast-spreading coronavirus could be contagious before symptoms arise, adding to concern that quarantines won’t stop the spread, according to The Washington Post.  

Despite surging case numbers, the coronavirus outbreak is not yet an international health emergency, WHO announced yesterday, STAT reports.   “Make no mistake: This is an emergency in China,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “But it has not yet become a global…

Chinese authorities have locked down Wuhan and 2 other cities that are home to 18 million people and the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. The unprecedented quarantine nixes residents' travel plans for the Lunar New Year holiday, which leads to an estimated…

The new coronavirus that's infected hundreds of people and reached 5 countries has public health officials grappling with the possibility of severe pandemic.  Human-to-human transmission was confirmed on Monday, sharply raising global concerns. The same day, the WHO…

A coronavirus outbreak that began in a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has spread to other countries and led experts to worry about the potential for a severe pandemic. This FAQ provides the basics of what a coronavirus is, how it’s transmitted…

As the Wuhan coronavirus spreads beyond China, officials now confirm the virus can spread through human contact—though the ease of transmission remains a mystery, STAT reports.   The latest updates: 

2 people in China have now died from the new coronavirus that has sickened dozens in Wuhan as well as 2 in Thailand and 1 in Japan, AP reports.   The latest death was a 69-year-old man with myriad medical conditions including organ impairment and abnormal renal function—but…

China’s mysterious pneumonia outbreak was triggered by a new coronavirus—the virus family behind a wide range of illnesses from the common cold to SARS, Chinese scientists announced yesterday amid an ongoing investigation,AP reports.   The 2002-2003 SARS outbreak that began…

The mystery outbreak causing dozens of infections in Wuhan is not SARS or MERS, according to Chinese officials, the BBC reports.