In January 2020, the coronavirus took center stage in the eyes of the public. By January 30, the World Health Organization had declared a public health emergency.
The virus first started in the mainland China city of Wuhan. At the beginning of the disease outbreak, it was unknown what the disease was. It was also unknown how the disease spread; it was quickly found to be spread from person to person.
The disease was described as a pneumonia-like illness, with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The virus was identified as a form of coronavirus, known as novel coronavirus.
One of the biggest events in which the virus had affected travel, was when a Princess cruise docked in Japan and was kept there for 14 days for quarantine. Over 285 people on board have tested positive for the virus and two people have died.
“I think that was a really tragic incident,” Phan said of the cruise situation.
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