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Coronaviruses: Background and sources for your reporting

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses, some of which cause respiratory illness in humans. Most coronaviruses have been found circulating among animals, such as camels, cats and bats. They were considered a nuisance pathogen until they evolved to infect people and spread. Public health officials are concerned about coronaviruses because there is no vaccine for them and they can be deadly. In 2003, about 8,000 people worldwide were infected with SARS and about 800 died.

Bara Vaida, AHCJ’s core topic leader on infectious diseases, has compiled links and contact information for sources on the topic, as well as useful background to inform your reporting. This tip sheet will be updated as the story evolves.

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