The largest study to date of children in China shows that while most children infected with the SARS-CoV2 virus escaped with mild to moderate symptoms, a small percentage became seriously ill.

As the world comes to terms with the inevitable spread of COVID-19—now in at least 2 dozen countries—we’re all likely to have a brush with it, James Hamblin reports in The Atlantic.  

It is looking like COVID-19 spreads much easier than SARS, will be harder to contain, and cause greater harm, the Los Angeles Times reports

As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

Li Wenliang, the doctor who sounded a warning early in the coronavirus outbreak, lost his life to the virus early Friday a.m. in Wuhan—spurring an outpouring of grief and outrage, CNN reports. Just 34 years old, he was silenced by the authorities after he warned other…

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

The WHO has drawn up its 2018 R&D Blueprint, highlighting priority diseases with the greatest epidemic potential that lack sufficient countermeasures. The second annual review's 8 diseases include an as-yet-unknown Disease X, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Ebola and…

In conflict zones the trinity of prevention, detection and response to epidemics has collapsed to devastating effect.   20 countries are at high risk for pandemics, but frameworks encouraging countries to unite against them aren’t rigorous, Paul Wise and Michele Barry argue…

The 1980s HIV crisis brought pandemic preparedness strategies that have grown for decades—and built a foundation of basic science tools and knowledge that could be applied to research on SARS, Zika and Ebola. Specifically, pathogen-specific work, platform-based technology…

No one—or, no sane one—disputes the value of vaccines, but how to have them developed and ready to stop unexpected outbreaks like Ebola? The Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the government of Norway offer a solution.…