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In three months, coronavirus has spread across every continent, except Antarctica, leaving some cities empty. COVID-19, the disease caused by a newly identified coronavirus first detected in China in December, has rapidly spread across the globe and made its way to every continent besides Antarctica. The World Health Organization has stopped short of calling the outbreak a pandemic but has declared COVID-19 a “public health emergency of international concern.”
The outbreak is not only negatively affecting health but has stoked fears of an economic downturn. On Monday, stock trading was temporarily stopped shortly after the market opened when the S&P 500 index fell 7%, triggering an automatic 15-minute halt . Shares rebounded after the market reopened but then resumed their slump. The major indices closed more than 7% lower for the day. Silicon Valley companies, including Apple , urged employees to work from home and instituted measures to help hourly workers affected by the policies. Around the globe, high-profile tech giants have been hit by supply chain issues in China . Social media networks, like Facebook and Twitter, have wrestled with the spread of misinformation and taken steps to mitigate the rise of conspiracy theories and panic.
The spread of COVID-19 has progressed at a blistering pace. If you’re wondering what a coronavirus is, what the symptoms are and how you can protect yourself, head over to CNET’s FAQ .
We’ve created a timeline for the virus below, in reverse-chronological order and will update it with the latest developments each day. Coronavirus […]