Wuhan pneumonia

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A respiratory disease first reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019,[1] from Wuhan +‎ pneumonia.


Wuhan pneumonia (uncountable)

  1. (pathology, virology, informal, politically offensive in Mainland China) A form of pneumonia due to infection by a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which is genetically similar to SARS and MERS.
    • 2020 January 9, “Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: Mystery illness 'caused by coronavirus”, in BBC[1]:
    • 2020 January 11, Shaun Lintern, “Wuhan pneumonia: First death reported by mystery Chinese virus”, in Independent[2]:
    • 2020 January 22, “Monitoring Wuhan Pneumonia”, in Columbia Health[3]:
    • 2020 January 24, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, “A familial cluster of pneumonia associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus indicating person-to-person transmission: a study of a family cluster”, in The Lancet[4]:
      This travel period overlapped with the time period after the announcement of the first case of Wuhan pneumonia (symptom onset on Dec 12, 2019) according to the Chinese health authority.



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