Flaws in the US diagnostics and response to potential cases have led to growing fears that the US could be botching its important early COVID-19 steps.

The WHO has called out China for failing to share data on coronavirus infections among health care workers—one of the global health agency’s few public criticisms of China’s handling of the outbreak, according to The Washington Post. China waited until February 14 to…

The WHO warned countries yesterday to brace for the new coronavirus to be ‘knocking at the door,’ CNBC reports. But they’re not ready, says Canadian epidemiologist Bruce Aylward, who led a WHO COVID-19 mission to China, the Globe and Mail reports.

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.  

COVID-19 “spot fires” erupted in the Middle East, Italy, and South Korea over the weekend, with tough-to-trace cases that officials say signals a new phase of the outbreak, the AP reports.

According to China’s official count, new COVID-19 cases are falling fast—but the reason could be shifting ways to count cases, infectious disease specialists suspect. And they’re losing confidence in the numbers, writes Helen Branswell in STAT.

A group of 27 prominent public health experts denounced a rash of conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 could have originated in a Wuhan lab,Science reports.

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

With 760 million people in China under residential lockdown, scientific experiments in China are pretty much at a standstill, leaving researchers wondering how they can continue their work without compromising safety,Science reports.   

COVID-19’s spread on cruise ships is raising tough questions about how to track the disease and what’s the best approach to quarantines.