Public Responses to the Novel 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Japan: Mental Health Consequences and Target Populations(2018/02/08)

In December 2019, cases of life-threatening pneumonia were reported in Wuhan, China. A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the source of infection. The number of reported cases has rapidly increased in Wuhan as well as other Chinese cities. The virus has also been identified in other parts of the world. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” As of February 3, 2020, the Chinese government reported 17,205 confirmed cases in mainland China, and the WHO reported 146 confirmed cases in 23 countries outside China.1 The virus was not contained within Wuhan, and other major cities in China are likely to be experience localized outbreaks. Foreign cities with close transport links to C hina could also become outbreak epicenters without careful public health interventions.2

Author:Xingzhi Xie, Zheng Zhong, Wei Zhao, et al.