A healthcare professional wearing a protective suit and a healthcare mask inspects a vial containing a swab sample in a novel coronavirus Covid-19 testing laboratory in the infectious diseases ward at the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern. | MATTEO CORNER
As of this morning 84 countries are dealing with COVID-19 (the agreed name for the disease caused by the novel virus originating in Wuhan China late in 2019) cases. The World Health Organisation has not yet declared the infectious outbreak as a ‘global pandemic’ however there is human to human transmission occurring on every habitable continent. The illness appears to be mild in most people however up to 25% of cases may result in a pneumonia like picture and it appears to cause death in between 1-2% of affected individuals.