The growing coronavirus outbreak is causing chaos in global financial markets, freezing supply chains and causing companies all over the world to create work-for-home plans and ban business travel. At drug companies and research labs, though, the race is on to develop a cure for coronavirus, or at least its symptoms. Here's what's at stake, and when the world can expect a coronavirus vaccine.
In 2014, the world avoided a horrific global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers -- plus, frankly, thanks to some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now's the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, "There's no need to panic ... but we need to get going."
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time. It is spread from person to person mainly through the droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. Watch this short animation to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself against it.
The Philippines was the first country to close its financial markets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Note: It has since then re-opened.) Half the population remains locked down, with the whole of Luzon placed under community quarantine.