A POSSIBILITY: Only the husband worked at the Wuhan market that most cases were linked to, causing Chinese authorities not to rule out human-to-human transmission
Date: Jan 16, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The novel coronavirus 2019 found last month in Wuhan, China, can likely be transmitted person-to-person, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday, adding that “severe special infectious pneumonia” has been listed as a group 5 notifiable infectious disease.
The viral outbreak reported last month in Wuhan affected 41 people, and the virus was identified and named last week.
“The WHO on Tuesday said that there might have been limited human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus,” CDC Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said.
“Limited human-to-human transmission” generally means that people within 1m of an infected person for about 10 minutes could contract the virus, so those at risk are usually members of the same household or medical professionals treating infected patients, he said. [FULL STORY]