The coronavirus may run rampant in some countries least prepared to deal with it. If that happens experts say the virus could become endemic.

The coronavirus may run rampant in some countries least prepared to deal with it. If that happens experts say the virus could become endemic.

Business·2020-02-23 05:25

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The COVID-19 virus has been found in 30 countries across the world, and the World Health Organization is calling the spread “worrisome.”

An expert told Business Insider that many countries don’t have resources for infectious disease, and many lack an outbreak preparedness plan.

Containment may no longer be effective to tackle the novel virus as it continues to spread, especially to countries who don’t have the capacity to screen for and isolate those who have it.

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While China is reporting a dip in new COVID-19 infections, cases of the novel virus are still being discovered in new countries, many of which have no ties to the epicenter of the outbreak.

Four people died from the virus in Iran in the past few days, a foreigner was diagnosed with it in Egypt, and the first case of the virus was just discovered in Lebanon, making it the 30th country to report cases of COVID-19.

The cases in Iran were not linked to Wuhan, and the case in Lebanon was linked to cases in Iran, suggesting that the virus is spreading between people with no ties to the origin of the outbreak. The World Health Organization has said that trend is worrisome and suggests that virus may spread broadly.

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