We don’t really know when the novel coronavirus first began infecting people. But as we turn a page on our calendars into June, it is fair to say that Sars-Cov-2 has been with us now for a full six months.
At first, it had no name or true identity. Early in January, news reports referred to strange and threatening symptoms that had sickened dozens of people in a large Chinese city with which many people in the world were probably not familiar. After half a year, that large metropolis, Wuhan, is well-known, as is the coronavirus and the illness it causes, Covid-19.
In that time, many reporters and editors on the health and science desk at The New York Times have shifted our journalistic focus as we have sought to tell the story of the coronavirus pandemic. While much remains unknown and mysterious after six months, there are some things we’re pretty sure of. These are some of those insights.
Things we’ve learned about coronavirus so far:
1.We’ll have to live with this for a long time.https://t.co/6cY2Xfhqgx should be wearing a mask.
3.The virus produces more symptoms than expected.
5.We can worry a bit less about infection from surfaces.
— Mike Dickinson (@drmikedickinson) June 2, 2020