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Since first reported in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) has spread globally. As of February 27, 2020, more than 82 000 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2) and 2800 deaths have been reported, of which approximately 95% of cases and 97% of deaths are in China.1 Cases have now been reported in 49 other countries. A particularly large outbreak occurred among the passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where more than 700 infections are reported.
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Corresponding Author: Carlos del Rio, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, 49 Jesse Hill Jr Dr, FOB Room 201, Atlanta, GA 30303 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: February 28, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3072
Correction: This article was corrected on March 6, 2020, to correct the paragraph under “Screening and Testing” that outlines the specimens recommended for PCR testing.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Del Rio reports receiving grants from NIAID. Dr Malani reported no disclosures.
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