Coronavirus 'Hits All the Hot Buttons' for How We Misjudge Risk

Shortly after the University of Washington announced that the school's fourth suspected case of the new coronavirus had turned out negative, two professors, one of public policy and the other of public health, held a small dinner for students and faculty members.

Like everywhere else on campus, and in much of the world, the coronavirus was all anybody could talk about. 

But one of the attendees, a public health student, had had enough. Exasperated, she rattled off a set of statistics. 

Australian Government Extends 14-Day Ban on Tourists Travelling from China (ABC Australia - Features Peter Rabinowitz)

Just hours after after the World Health Organization's cautious prediction that the coronavirus, Covid-19, may be stabilising, a record rise in cases has been reported.

Health officials in China have confirmed 15,000 new cases in Hubei Province, and 242 deaths from the disease. Experts say it's probably because of a change in the diagnosis criteria.

Amid continuing concern about containing the disease, the Australian Government has this evening extended its 14-day ban on tourists travelling from China.

Coronavirus Cases Seemed to Be Leveling Off. Not Anymore (New York Times - Features Peter Rabinowitz)

The news seemed to be positive: The number of new coronavirus cases reported in China over the past week suggested that the outbreak might be slowing — that containment efforts were working.

But on Thursday, officials added more than 14,840 cases to the tally of the infected in Hubei province alone, bringing the total number to 48,206, the largest one-day increase so far recorded. The death toll in the province rose to 1,310, including 242 new deaths.

UW Professor Tracks Critical Coronavirus Information in Real Time

Gathering information in real time that is critical to gaining a better understanding of the coronavirus is the goal of a project being undertaken by UW Assistant Professor David Pigott, as part of team that includes multiple organizations around the world. The team is tracking publicly reported confirmed cases of the 2019 novel Coronavirus throughout the world.

Jump in Coronavirus Cases on Ship Poses a Critical Test for Japan (New York Times - Features Peter Rabinowitz)

Japan already had several confirmed coronavirus cases when a giant cruise ship arrived at the port of Yokohama last week.

Now, with the disclosure that 64 people from that ship have tested positive for the virus, Japan is scrambling to prevent a larger outbreak even as it prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors for the Summer Olympics starting in Tokyo in July.

Cervical Cancer Elimination: Are Targets Useful? (The Lancet - Features Vivien Tsu)

Cervical cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women in 42 low-income and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), with the highest age-standardised incidence rates (40 cases per 100 000 women-years) occurring in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The gross disparity of the burden of this highly preventable disease, whereby 290 000 (51%) of the 570 000 new cases estimated to occur annually befall women in LMICs, has led many people to call attention to the need for urgent action.