Morning virus briefing: States race to contain outbreaks, and more to know today

As coronavirus cases crop up across the United States, some governors and other leaders are scrambling to slow its spread, banning large public gatherings, enforcing quarantines and calling National Guard troops.

Meanwhile, stocks tumbled again on Wall Street on Wednesday morning as markets remained jittery. European stock markets edged up Wednesday after Asian shares mostly declined.

The virus has infected more than 1,000 people in the U.S. and killed at least 30, with one state after another recording its first infections in quick succession. Lawmakers and health officials set up containment zones and quarantine areas and sought to limit contact with those who might be infected.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover in a matter of weeks, as has happened with three-quarters of those infected in China.

Here’s a rundown of the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak, and how to cope should virus spread affect you at work or home.

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