Seven Surprising Facts About Coronavirus

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The spread of the coronavirus has intensified in recent days, with new cases popping up in Italy, Iran and South Korea. American health officials warn that the virus is likely to spread in the U.S. as well. “This might be bad,” says Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

The economic fallout of the outbreak has already been significant, with airlines, cruise operators and manufacturing firms among the hardest hit. The crisis is rattling global markets and reportedly could cause more than $1 trillion in economic damage.

But those are only the obvious effects. Here are seven things you probably haven’t even considered.

Additional reporting by Kellen Becoats, Lauren Debter, Christopher Helman, Matt Perez, Natalie Sachmechi, Ariel Shapiro, Chloe Sorvino and Jennifer Wang.

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