How did this all start?
The first cases started popping up in December of 2019 and were traced back to a market in Wuhan that sold live animals. It is believed that the coronavirus was transmitted from infected animals to humans at that market. The market is now closed.
What's up with the link to bat soup?
The market at Wuhan is said to have sold bat soup. Scientists in China said that this particular virus strain is related to a virus that is only found in fruit bats--hence the connection to the bat soup that was sold at the Wuhan market. Since the revelations, videos and images of people eating bat soup have been popping up on social media.
What are the symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus?
Since coronaviruses are a part of a family of infections that includes the common cold, it presents itself in a similar way. Symptoms can include a headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, and muscle aches and pains.
According to the CDC, the immediate risk to residents in the US is low.
"We understand that some people are worried about this virus and how it may impact Americans. While this situation poses a very serious public health threat, CDC believes that the immediate risk to the US public is low at this time but the situation continues to evolve rapidly," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.