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Rappler's latest stories on coronavirus explainers


How does COVID-19 compare to SARS and MERS?

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:05 PM

WHO says COVID-19 'appears not as deadly as other coronaviruses,' but the disease has already infected and killed more people than SARS and MERS combined

FALSE: Cannabis 'kills coronavirus'

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

As of Tuesday, February 18, the World Health Organization says 'there is still no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus'

FALSE: 'Photo' of coronavirus-infected corpses in Wuhan

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The photo was taken in 2014, showing participants of an art project remembering Katzbach Nazi concentration camp victims

Is it time for PH to have its own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:33 PM

Having a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would 'centralize the response to emerging infectious diseases threats' according to an infectious disease expert

QUARANTINE. Mactan-Cebu International Airport monitors arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

FALSE: Video of Filipinos ‘eating bats in Wuhan, China’

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The video was taken in Palau and was uploaded in July 2019

The politics of PH’s Taiwan travel ban

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:57 PM

As coronavirus outbreak worsens, China dictates our response

FALSE: Novel coronavirus 'will not spread in PH' due to high temperature, humidity

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:43 PM

The World Health Organization says the virus 'has spread to countries with both hot and humid climates, as well as cold and dry'

What happens after a novel coronavirus patient gets discharged?

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Recovery from the disease is evidence that 'the virus can be eliminated,' says Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. In this file photo, individuals wear masks while walking at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, January 31, 2020, following the first case of nCoV detected in the country. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

FALSE: Natural ginger ale a ‘cure for coronavirus’

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:04 PM

WHO says drinking traditional herbal teas is ‘not specifically recommended as 2019-nCoV remedies as they are not effective to protect yourself’

8 days in Wuhan, cut off from the world

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:09 PM

An Agence France-Presse team arrived in Wuhan the day the city was placed under lockdown, and over the next week captures remarkable images of shock and resignation, despair and bravery

EPICENTER. A staff member wearing a protective mask and suit works at a supermarket in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Can you carry the 2019-nCoV but not show symptoms?

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Asymptomatic patients may pass on the virus to others, but it's unlikely that this is the main driver of the spread of the 2019-nCoV

Pangolin identified as potential link for novel coronavirus spread

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) But experts call for the Chinese scientists to release more data from their research

Coronavirus threat: What local governments are doing

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Some do what they can amid the national government’s incompetence

FALSE: 'Photo' of Japanese medical team sent to Wuhan, China

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The photo was taken in 2008 when a medical team from Japan helped out in China after the Sichuan earthquake

FALSE: Novel coronavirus 'can be cured by garlic'

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The World Health Organization says 'there is no evidence' that garlic can protect humans from 2019-nCoV


Feb 06, 2020 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) We need to fight this and win

[ANALYSIS] Will novel coronavirus also infect the Philippine economy?

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:35 AM

In this uber-globalized world, we have to accept that when China sneezes we will all likely catch a cold. But how can we minimize the risk?

Big Tech not immune to coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:23 PM

From misinformation to supply chain disruption, here's how the virus is affecting the tech industry

FALSE: Coronavirus can be 'eliminated' by high temperatures

Feb 03, 2020 - 5:09 PM

WHO has not said that temperatures affect the spread of the virus

TIMELINE: The novel coronavirus epidemic

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Starting off as an 'unexplained pneumonia' in Wuhan, China, the novel coronavirus infects at least 20,000 across 26 countries and kills 494 in a matter of weeks

Local government of Quezon City impose preventive measures for City Hall employees and individuals coming inside the city hall on Friday, January 31, 2020, following the first case of nCoV detected in the country. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[EDITORIAL] Ilagay sa lugar ang pakikipag-kaibigan sa Tsina sa harap ng banta ng coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Why are the trolls dabbling in the coronavirus issue? To stem the tide of public sentiment against China, and shield this government from the backlash of its pro-China policies

Past international public health emergencies: What happened then?

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:16 AM

The novel coronavirus is the 6th public health emergency of international concern to be declared by the WHO. Previous emergencies include the outbreaks of swine flu, ebola, and zika virus.

Q&A: Evacuations from China's virus-hit Wuhan

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:40 PM

How are airlines preventing infection? What happens to the foreigners left behind?

ESCAPE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020, passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

FAST FACTS: What's next after novel coronavirus declared an int'l emergency?

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The declaration of an international emergency by the WHO emphasizes the importance of global solidarity and cooperation in the face of the coronavirus threat

FACT CHECK: Misinformation on novel coronavirus that spreads online

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:57 PM

(UPDATED) Several fact-checking organizations that are signatory to Poynter's International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) collaborated to combat disinformation on the 2019 novel coronavirus or nCoV

Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. The country is on high alert following the outbreak of a new strain of Corona virus which has infected more than 400 persons in China and killed at least nine people. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[PODCAST] Handa ba ang Pilipinas na harapin ang novel coronavirus?

Jan 30, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Paano nga ba kumakalat ang novel coronavirus?

LIST: Where to get official, reliable info on novel coronavirus

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Go to these websites and pages to get accurate information about the 2019 novel coronavirus

FAQs: Ano-ano ang alam natin tungkol sa 2019 novel coronavirus?

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Narito ang ilan sa mga detalye tungkol sa 2019-nCoV batay sa impormasyon mula sa Department of Health

FALSE: Novel coronavirus a 'type of rabies'

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the 2019 nCoV belongs to Coronaviridae, a 'completely different family of viruses.' It is not rabies.

[EDITORIAL] Our biggest enemy amid the Wuhan virus outbreak

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:18 AM

It’s not the virus. It’s not the Chinese flying into the Philippines. It’s panic.

The germs among us

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Panicking is a normal reaction to the discovery of a virus, but we have to try harder as the general public to respond'

Are we ready for a contagion?

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Lessons learned

What is coronavirus? New disease spreading in Asia revives SARS fears

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:16 AM

An expert says the fact that the virus had spread beyond China, to Japan and Thailand, was 'starting to make us fear that interhuman transmission is possible'

CLOSED. In this file photograph taken on January 12, 2020 a woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province. (Photo by Noel Celis/AFP)