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Prof Jimmy Whitworth
What is the current situation? (26 March 2020) We are now three months into the current outbreak, which started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and has since spread rapidly across the world.
1. TEDMED: Let’s start with the basics. What is a virus? A virus is a very tiny particle of RNA or DNA genetic code protected by an outer protein wrapper.  2. TEDMED: How common are viruses? Viruses are everywhere. It’s amazing to realize that if you add them all up, all the viruses in the world weigh more than all the living matter in the world – including all of the plants, animals and bacteria. 10% of the human genome is derived from virus DNA. The Earth truly is a “virus planet!” 
Edmond Ng
Chinese restaurants are losing business in Australia. France faces 'epidemic' of anti-Asian racism. #ChineseDon'tComeToJapan trending on Twitter. Widespread stigmatization against Chinese and East Asian diaspora has been reported in many countries since the outbreak of COVID-19 began. Sadly, London is no different. From the physical to the verbal, abuse towards these communities is on the rise in the capital.
We have been trying to keep up with the novel coronavirus ever since. Each day, we are faced with worrying headlines reporting the latest twists and turns of this outbreak. We have seen the virus spill over China’s borders and spread to at least 25 countries worldwide, and watched with mounting anxiety as the number of cases creeps ever higher. We wait apprehensively to see where the virus shows up next.

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