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"The coronavirus may run rampant in some countries least prepared to deal with it. If that happens experts say the virus could become endemic."

Business Insider interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, for a story on global preparedness for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

While China is reporting a dip in new COVID-19 infections, cases of the novel virus are still being discovered in new countries, many of which have no ties to the epicenter of the outbreak.  

Four people died from the virus in Iran in the past few days, a foreigner was diagnosed with it in Egypt, and the first case of the virus was just discovered in Lebanon, making it the 30th country to report cases of COVID-19.

The cases in Iran were not linked to Wuhan, and the case in Lebanon was linked to cases in Iran, suggesting that the virus is spreading between people with no ties to the origin of the outbreak. The World Health Organization has said that trend is worrisome and suggests that virus may spread broadly.