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Dr. Rasha Maal-Bared, Senior Microbiologist at EPCOR, and Scott Schaefer, Chair of WEF's Disinfection & Public Health Committee, discuss in this episode the coronavirus, its origin, treatment, and the agencies involved in the response. 

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Toby Weir-Jones talks about the water sector’s increasing emphasis on security assessments and what can be done to quickly implement practical solutions from both accdential and malicious security threats.

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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China on Dec. 12, 2019. Because this disease already has begun to spread worldwide, it is important that water sector professionals keep informed on the attributions of this virus and any measures needed to protect both workers and public health, in general.

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A study published by the Lancet reported that as of Jan. 2, 2020 the most common symptoms at onset of illness were fever [98%], cough [76%], and myalgia, or fatigue [44%]. Less common symptoms were sputum production [28%], headache [8%], haemoptysis (coughing up blood) [5%], and diarrhea [3%].

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Within the coronavirus family, 2019-nCoV appears to be more easily transmitted but less severe than SARS or MERS.

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