The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome that began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, first came to international attention in December 2019, was quickly attributed to a novel coronavirus, and was officially named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization on February 12, 2020. This outbreak spread at unprecedented speed through China, and then internationally, and continues to broaden geographically and in the number of individuals infected and symptomatic. As of this writing, the number of people infected worldwide has surpassed 100,000, with more than 80 countries affected and several country clusters of infection. This problem is evolving at a dizzying pace.

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