On January eight this yr, Washington Put up reporters Gerry Shih and Lena Solar reported an outbreak of an “unidentified and possibly new viral disease in central China” that was sending alarms throughout Asia prematurely of the Lunar New Yr journey season.
Already, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines have been considering quarantine zones and scanning vacationers from China for “indicators of fever or different pneumonia-like signs that will point out a brand new illness presumably linked to a wild animal market in Wuhan.”
Gerry is a correspondent for us in China, with intensive journalistic expertise within the nation. Lena, a former Beijing bureau chief for The Put up, is a veteran nationwide reporter masking well being, with a selected give attention to public well being and infectious ailments. Each are fluent in Mandarin.
These two reporters launched our protection of the coronavirus and the illness Covid-19, declared this month to be a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Lena and Gerry are emblematic of the extremely expert journalists The Washington Put up has deployed to cowl this advanced, ever-expanding and profoundly critical story.
Now we have drawn on our whole workers – all through the world and in the US – to convey you important well being info and the most recent information whereas additionally digging into the explanations for the speedy unfold of this illness, the generally chaotic and counterproductive decision-making by governments and the impression on residents and medical methods. A whole bunch of our journalists have been enlisted on this effort, and they’re working tirelessly across the clock.
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I’m pleased with the dedication and expertise my colleagues have dropped at this essential story. They want stamina, too, they usually have loads of it. We’re ready to cowl each facet of this story for an extended interval, with the readability and command of the topic that’s required.
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