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What is skin cancer? How to spot the signs and when to seek help

Are you at risk for developing skin cancer, what’s considered to be the most common cancer in the U.S.?

An estimated one in five Americans will develop the condition during their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But what is skin cancer? And why are some people more prone to developing it than others?

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“If you have skin, you can get skin cancer,” Dr. Saya Obayan, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Austin, Texas, and a spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation, told Fox News.

Read on for a look at skin cancer and what to do if you’re concerned you may have it.

Fox News: What is skin cancer?

Dr. Saya Obayan: Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that cause the cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. This damage is often caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds.

Fox News: Are there different types of skin cancer? Are there some types that are more severe than others?

Dr. Saya Obayan: The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. These cancers form within the skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest part of the epidermis – the outermost layer of the skin. They sometimes look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars. Almost all BCCs occur on parts of the body excessively exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back. Because BCCs grow slowly, most are curable and cause minimal damage when caught early.

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common kind of skin cancer, and form in the squamous cells of the epidermis.  SCC is mainly caused by cumulative UV exposure over the course of a lifetime and is typically found in areas frequently exposed to the sun (the rim of the ear, lower lip, face, balding scalp, neck, hands, arms, and legs). SCCs may look like scaly red patches, open sores, warts or elevated growths with a central depression; they may crust or bleed. Most SCCs can be easily and successfully treated, but if allowed to grow, they can become disfiguring and even deadly.

Out of the more common forms of skin cancer, melanoma is the most dangerous. Melanoma develops from melanocytes, the skin cells that produce melanin pigment, which gives skin its color.  It is often triggered by intense, intermittent UV exposure — the kind that can come from indoor tanning or excessive sunbathing. Melanomas often resemble moles, and can even develop from moles. Many of them are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is usually curable if detected and treated early, but can become more difficult to treat and can be deadly if it spreads deeper into the skin or other parts of the body.

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. (iStock)

Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) is a much rarer form of skin cancer, but it can be extremely aggressive and has a high chance of spreading and recurring. MCCs begin in Markel cells at the base of the epidermis. They usually appear as firm, painless lesions or nodules on a sun-exposed area (sometimes on the head and neck, and frequently on eyelids).

Fox News: Why do some people develop it? Who is most at risk?

Dr. Saya Obayan: First of all, if you have skin, you can get skin cancer. But there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing the disease. These include a history of indoor tanning or sunburns, your skin type (the lighter your complexion, the more at risk you are), and genetics.

A history of tanning bed use, even just once, can increase your risk for skin cancer. In fact, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent. A history of sunburns also increases your risk — on average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns. But don’t assume you’re safe just because you don’t burn. A tan is the skin’s attempt to prevent further injury by increasing skin pigment, which means you’ve already sustained skin cell damage.

 People with very fair skin are extremely susceptible to skin damage from UV radiation, and therefore to developing skin cancer. People of color are less susceptible to UV damage due to the greater amounts of melanin darker skin produces, but they are still at risk. When they do develop skin cancer, it tends to be found at a later, more deadly stage.   

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Wearing sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer. (iStock)

Lastly, genetics plays a role in melanoma — about one in every 10 patients diagnosed with the disease has a family member with a history of melanoma. If your mother, father or siblings had melanoma, you’re in a melanoma-prone family.

Fox News:  Is skin cancer difficult to treat?

Dr. Saya Obayan: The earlier a skin cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. The larger and deeper a tumor grows, the more dangerous and potentially disfiguring it may become, and the more extensive the treatment must be.  Most skin cancers can be treated successfully when detected at an early stage. When left untreated, skin cancer cells can spread, grow deep into the skin, and be more likely to reoccur.

A dermatologist will weigh several factors before determining the best course of treatment, including the size, location, and of course, type of the tumor. A patient’s age and medical history will also be considered. Based on these factors, a variety of treatments can be used: surgery, laser, and light-based treatments, radiation therapy, topical medications, and oral or injected medications. In more advanced cases where cancer has spread beyond the tumor site, chemotherapy may also be used.

Fox News: How can you protect yourself from developing skin cancer?

Dr. Saya Obayan: Prevention is key when it comes to skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended a complete sun protection strategy that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, hats, and sunglasses and wearing sunscreen every day.

Clothing is the most effective form of sun protection — it’s our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful rays. It’s also less complicated than sunscreen since you don’t need to worry about adequate application and reapplication. Wear hats with a brim that extends three inches or more all the way around to shade your face, neck, and ears. Look for sunglasses that cover the eyelids and as much of the surrounding area as possible.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You should apply two tablespoons (equivalent to about a shot glass full) of sunscreen to the entire body, and a nickel-sized dollop to the face. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

Lastly, seek the shade when you can, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Fox News: When should you see a doctor?

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Dr. Saya Obayan: Early detection is critical since skin cancers found and removed early are highly treatable. If it goes undetected, however, skin cancer can become disfiguring and even deadly. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends everyone see a dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam. In addition to this, you should be checking your skin from head-to-toe carefully once a month.

Skin cancers can have an incredibly varied appearance, but the bottom line is if you see something new, changing or unusual, get it checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible. This includes any new moles, moles that change size or shape, a growth that won’t stop itching or bleeding, or an open sore that won’t heal within three weeks. Skin cancer can also resemble something as nondescript as a pimple or crusty red patch, so it’s important to check your skin often and take note of any changes.

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Boy with rare birth defect has skull separated, pieced back together in real-life ‘Humpty Dumpty’ case

The mother of a nearly 2-year-old boy in the United Kingdom is opening up about her son’s rare birth defect that she described as a real-life case of “Humpty Dumpty.”

Ronnie Jebbitt, now 20 months, was born with craniosynostosis — a birth defect “in which one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of your baby’s skull (cranial sutures) close prematurely (fuse), before your baby’s brain is fully formed,” according to the Mayo Clinic. The brain continues to grow, “giving the head a misshapen appearance,” it adds.

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Ronnie’s mother, Harriet Alcock, 26, told South West News Service (SWNS) that her son appeared to be healthy after birth, reaching important milestones and “doing all the things a baby his age should do.” But in August 2018, about 6 months after Ronnie was born, he reportedly suffered a seizure, leading Alcock to take her son to a hospital in Oxford.

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Harriet Alcock and Dan Jebbitt with their son Ronnie. (SWNS)

“Ronnie was fine and then all of a sudden he started shaking. It lasted for about 30 seconds, it was completely out of the blue and so scary,” she recalled.

Initially, doctors struggled to find a cause of the body’s seizure — reportedly pointing to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can sometimes “mimic epileptic seizure,” according to a 2015 study on the topic.

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Ronnie Jebbitt was born with craniosynostosis. (SWNS)

Alcock took her son to various doctors following the incident, all of whom reportedly wrote-off her son’s symptoms.

“I had to really push to get more tests done and I’m glad I did,” she told SWNS. “He had about seven more seizures, each time it was slightly different, and I knew it was something more serious.”

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Ronnie following surgery. (SWNS)

Eventually, about a year after he was born, Ronnie was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, symptoms of which include seizures, which is considered a “serious complication” of the condition, as per Children’s National.

In July, the young boy underwent surgery to separate his skull and “piece it back together.”

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Ronnie is doing well now, his mom said. (SWNS)

“It was such a relief to have a diagnosis but the thought of him going through that surgery was horrific,” said Alcock.  “I was scared that they had to break his skull apart and then piece it back together again.”

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“It was a real shock when he came back and I saw those huge scars, but he was incredible,” she added, noting the surgery took about five hours and her son was left with a large “zig-zag” scar. “He was even up, walking and babbling away, just three days after the operation.”

Alcock said Ronnie is now doing well. She says she has since worked to raise awareness about the rare condition so “hopefully Ronnie’s story can help others.”

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Is the novel coronavirus here to stay?

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Could the novel coronavirus one day be as commonplace as the seasonal flu?

Despite rigorous containment efforts, medical experts working to understand the virus, now known as COVID-19, have acknowledged such a possibility — including Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who said this week the virus “is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year.”

WILL THE CORONAVIRUS DIE OUT AS THE WEATHER WARMS? 

When speaking to Fox News, Dr. William Schaffner, the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), also recognized the possibility, but quickly noted it’s likely too soon to know for sure.

“COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, and if it behaves like other respiratory viruses, including influenza [the flu], we might anticipate that it will abate as the weather gets warmer,” he said. But, he added, “It may become part of our usual cold and flu season.”

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That said, “We can’t be sure,” he said.

“It’s a new virus, and it may not have read the textbooks. That’s why the current, ongoing research to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs that are effective against coronaviruses is so important,” he continued.

The virus is new in humans — meaning medical experts at this time “cannot predict the long-term impact on the global community,” Schaffner said. “We are now in the containment phase and are working to restrict the virus’ spread in the U.S. and internationally.”

“Clinicians are rapidly diagnosing cases, putting patients in isolation and providing medical care. Public health officials are tracking contacts and testing them for the virus. So far, we have had very few cases in the U.S., and they have been close contacts of confirmed cases. We are seeing a similar response around the world,” he added.

CHINA’S CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS MAY FACE MENTAL HURDLES ONCE OUTBREAK ENDS

To date, the U.S. has confirmed 15 cases of the novel virus, which has sickened more than 64,000 people worldwide and claimed some 1,383 lives.

Speaking to CNN, Redfield said he thinks COVID-19 could eventually “find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”

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Coronavirus evacuee in Texas diagnosed with virus, marking 15th case in US: CDC

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An American evacuee who arrived on a State Department-chartered flight last week from Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak — is now the 15th confirmed case of the virus in the U.S., federal officials said on Thursday.

2ND CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED IN QUARANTINED SAN DIEGO PATIENT, 14TH OVERALL IN US

The patient, who was not identified, is one of the evacuees under federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He or she is the first person under the mandatory 14-day quarantine at the airbase to show symptoms of and test positive for the virus, now known as COVID-19, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed in a news release provided to Fox News. Signs of the novel virus have been reported to include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

“The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby,” they added. No other details were immediately provided.

CDC officials reiterated that there will “likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan.” Though the first 195 evacuees were released on Tuesday, “more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine and are being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus,” officials added.

The case also marks the first in Texas. The 14 other cases have been reported across the country, the first of which occurred in a Washington State man who has since been released from the hospital. Other cases have been confirmed in California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois. No deaths have been reported in the U.S., and the large majority of cases still remain in China.

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Overall, more than 60,000 people have been sickened globally while 1,370 have died.

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London sees first coronavirus case in Chinese national: report

The first case of the deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in London, raising the United Kingdom’s total number of cases to nine, according to local reports.

A Chinese national was reportedly diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday afternoon, The Telegraph reported. Health officials are expected to officially announce the case sometime Wednesday evening. No other information was immediately available.

CORONAVIRUS ‘SUPER-SPREADER’ SPEAKS OUT AFTER INFECTING 11 OTHERS WITH VIRUS

The news comes after a British man who unwittingly spread the deadly coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, to at least 11 people across three countries has been released from the hospital.

Steve Walsh contracted the virus while on a business trip to Singapore in late January. He then went to a ski resort in the French Alps, where he unknowingly spread the virus to at least 11 others. At least five Britons who stayed at the resort — including a 9-year-old boy — were infected, as were five people in France. Walsh was also connected to at least one case in Spain.

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London has reportedly confirmed its first case of coronavirus in a Chinese national. (iStock)

“I’m happy to be home and feeling well,” he said in a statement, according to Yahoo. “I want to give a big thank you to the NHS [National Health Service] who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus.”

“It’s good to be back with my family,” he added.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN UK DOUBLE AFTER COUNTRY SEES 4 MORE CASES

Walsh earlier this week made headlines when he came forward for the first time since being identified as the so-called “super-spreader.”

Additionally, U.K. government officials on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.”

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Coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ linked to 11 cases of virus released from hospital: ‘I’m happy to be home’

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A British man who unwittingly spread the deadly coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, to at least 11 people across three countries has been released from the hospital.

Steve Walsh contracted the virus while on a business trip to Singapore in late January. He then went to a ski resort in the French Alps, where he unknowingly spread the virus to at least 11 others. At least five Britons who stayed at the resort – including a 9-year-old boy – were infected, as were five people in France. He was also connected to at least one case in Spain.

CORONAVIRUS ‘SUPER-SPREADER’ SPEAKS OUT AFTER INFECTING 11 OTHERS WITH VIRUS

“I’m happy to be home and feeling well,” he said in a statement, according to Yahoo. “I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus.”

“It’s good to be back with my family,” he added.

Walsh earlier this week made headlines when he came forward for the first time since being identified as the so-called “super-spreader.”

“Whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus,” he said at the time.

“I’m pleased to say that – following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart – Mr. Walsh has been discharged from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment,”  Professor Keith Willett, the NHS strategic incident director, said in a statement, according to the outlet.

Willett confirmed that Walsh is “no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public.”

“He is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight.”

The news comes after government officials in the U.K. on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.” To date, the country has reported eight cases of the novel virus.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN UK DOUBLE AFTER COUNTRY SEES 4 MORE CASES

“In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus,” the government said in a statement, adding Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, are “isolation facilities.”

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Coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ linked to 11 cases of virus released from hospital: ‘I’m happy to be home’

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A British man who unwittingly spread the deadly coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, to at least 11 people across three countries has been released from the hospital.

Steve Walsh contracted the virus while on a business trip to Singapore in late January. He then went to a ski resort in the French Alps, where he unknowingly spread the virus to at least 11 others. At least five Britons who stayed at the resort – including a 9-year-old boy – were infected, as were five people in France. He was also connected to at least one case in Spain.

CORONAVIRUS ‘SUPER-SPREADER’ SPEAKS OUT AFTER INFECTING 11 OTHERS WITH VIRUS

“I’m happy to be home and feeling well,” he said in a statement, according to Yahoo. “I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus.”

“It’s good to be back with my family,” he added.

Walsh earlier this week made headlines when he came forward for the first time since being identified as the so-called “super-spreader.”

“Whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus,” he said at the time.

“I’m pleased to say that – following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart – Mr. Walsh has been discharged from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment,”  Professor Keith Willett, the NHS strategic incident director, said in a statement, according to the outlet.

Willett confirmed that Walsh is “no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public.”

“He is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight.”

The news comes after government officials in the U.K. on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.” To date, the country has reported eight cases of the novel virus.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN UK DOUBLE AFTER COUNTRY SEES 4 MORE CASES

“In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus,” the government said in a statement, adding Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, are “isolation facilities.”

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Chinese cities forcing coronavirus patients to come forward by restricting cough medicine sales

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At least three Chinese cities have restricted the sale of over-the-counter cough and fever medications in a bid to stop citizens potentially infected with the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, from self-medicating and instead seek professional help.

So far, the restrictions apply to pharmacies in the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, The Washington Post reported, noting drugstores are asked to register the “real names and identity numbers” for anyone who buys such products.

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But some of the cities’ residents on the social media platform Weibo expressed concerns about the new policy, according to Quartz. Those who may be sick with a cold or flu could be exposed to the pneumonia-like illness by taking a trip to a hospital, many of which are already overloaded with coronavirus patients, some people argued.

“Is this policy reasonable? People could originally resolve the illnesses with drugs instead of going to hospitals to grab already stretched medical resources and being infected by others who have the virus,” one Weibo user reportedly said on the social media site, the outlet reported.

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“The government told us before if we only have a cold or fever we should not go to the hospital to avoid being infected by the virus. But now it stopped the sale of the drugs, allowing us ordinary people to be caught in between,” said another Weibo user, according to Quartz.

As of Wednesday, the novel virus has claimed some 1,113 lives. More than 44,000 people have been infected globally. The majority of deaths have occurred in China, where the outbreak began in the city of Wuhan.

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Will the coronavirus die out as the weather warms?

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As winter gives way to spring, will the novel coronavirus disappear with it?

President Trump late last week took to Twitter to share details from his phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who he called “strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the coronavirus.”

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“He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm [and] the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone,” he added, in part.

While it’s possible the world — namely China, which has reported 1,016 deaths due to the illness to date — could see some relief as the weather warms, an infectious disease expert who spoke to Fox News isn’t so convinced spring and summer will bring an end to the outbreak. Essentially, it’s too early to know. Scientists are still working to understand the novel virus, which has sickened more than 43,000 people globally as of Tuesday.

“We hope that the gradual spring will help this virus recede, but our crystal ball is not very clear. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus, and we know respiratory viruses are often seasonal, but not always. For example, influenza (flu) tends to be seasonal in the U.S., but in other parts of the world, it exists year-round. Scientists don’t fully understand why even though we have been studying [the] flu for many years,” Dr. William Schaffner, the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, told Fox News in an email.

“The novel coronavirus was just discovered in humans in December. It is too early to know for certain what the impact of warmer weather will be,” he added.

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There are at least four pre-existing coronaviruses that are seasonal — but why exactly remains somewhat shrouded in mystery, as is the case for many infectious diseases. For instance, the 2002-2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which claimed nearly 800 lives at the time, ended in the summer — but a 2004 report on the seasonality of SARS did not establish a clear reason for why that was.

“Our understanding of the forces driving seasonal disappearance and recurrence of infectious diseases remains fragmentary, thus limiting any predictions about whether, or when, SARS will recur,” the authors wrote at the time. “It is true that most established respiratory pathogens of human beings recur in wintertime, but a new appreciation for the high burden of disease in tropical areas reinforces questions about explanations resting solely on cold air or low humidity.”

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That said, the Chinese government’s senior medical adviser,  Zhong Nanshan, told Reuters he is hopeful the coronavirus outbreak could be over by spring.

The epidemiologist, who helped with the country’s response to the SARS nearly two decades ago, told the outlet the virus may peak this later this month before cases plateau and then decline. Zhong — citing  “mathematical modeling, recent events, and government action,” according to Reuters — hypothesized that the outbreak could be over by April.

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Coronavirus cases in UK double after country sees 4 more cases

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The United Kingdom saw its number of confirmed coronavirus cases double over the weekend after four more people were diagnosed with the pneumonia-like illness. To date, there are eight cases of the novel virus in the country.

“The new cases are all known contacts of a previously confirmed UK case, and the virus was passed on in France,” Professor Chris Whitty, the Department of Health’s chief medical officer for England, said in a statement on Monday.

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The new cases are linked to a British man who contracted the virus while in Singapore on business. He then traveled to a ski resort in France, exposing others to the illness. He is currently being treated at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, the BBC reported. 

“The patients have been transferred to specialist NHS [centers] at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and The Royal Free hospitals, and we are now using robust infection control measures to prevent further spread of the virus. The NHS is extremely well prepared to manage these cases and treat them, and we are working quickly to identify any further contacts these patients have had,” Whitty added.

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U.K. government officials also on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.”

“In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus,” the government said in a statement, adding Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, are “isolation facilities.”

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