Just a generic coronavirus picture, first thing I could find.
It's in the news and spreading quickly, with confirmed cases in at least thirteen countries and counting, but the majority are in China, specifically centered around the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China. Officially designed 2019-nCoV, it is a novel strain of coronavirus, possibly zoonotic and originating from bats. The other six known human-infecting coronaviruses range from some that cause common cold to MERS and SARS. Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed for at least four generations. As of the writing of this post (25 January) there have been over 1400 confirmed cases, likely a few thousand more, and 42 confirmed deaths. 35 million people are under quarantine in China with multiple cities locked down, though how effective that will be remains in question.
This thread is for:
1) Discussing the virus itself (origins, how transmissible it is, etc.)
2) Talking about impacts due to the outbreak, including political ones
3) Discussions about medicine, epidemics, and similar topics
This thread is absolutely not for:
1) Panic and declarations of the end of civilization. While I'm not sure humanity will make it through the coming climate crisis and that will entail, this little bug alone won't be enough to wipe us out.
2) Linking Twitter randos saying stupid crap, including that dumbass in the White House (unless he's saying something horribly actionable like locking up all Chinese-looking people or something).
We can keep the discussion here so the East Asia thread doesn't get completely clogged up. I'm sure there are lots of people wanting to talk about this.
EDIT: Added useful links from @boogedybooGeneral Info
US CDC on nCov 2019https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
WHO on nCOV 2019https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Controlhttps://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
Good video summary from the GuardianSituation Reports
WHO Daily Sit-repshttps://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
US CDC Case counthttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.htmlVisualization
Updated mapping visualization by John Hopkins Universityhttps://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Real Time Tracking of cases in China (in Chinese)http://3g.dxy.cn/newh5/view/pneumoniaAcademic
Completed sequence of viral genomehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/MN908947
TWiV 584: Year of the coronavirus - Discussion panel of virologists about the outbreak.http://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-584/
Twitter thread keeping track of academic papers both published and preprint (biorxiv.org) on the virus.
Maintained by Dr Cevik of University of St Andrews
Edit: Feb 11 - added the official names just listed by the WHO
Edit: Feb 23 - BNO News in the Netherlands has been the best news aggregator keeping up with the outbreak/pandemic and monitoring cases.
For live updates: https://twitter.com/BNODesk
Their map and timelime page: https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/