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Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

A novel coronavirus (currently named 2019-nCoV) emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019.Β  WHO declared a global health emergency on 30 January 2020, and a number of blood and tissue donor guidelines have been issued - largely based on previous guidelines for SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Like SARS and MERS, 2019-nCoV displayed high mortality but low infectivity in the early weeks, with limited person-to-person transmission.Β  However, the epidemic quickly changed to display lower mortality but higher infectivity with increasing evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission. Various public health measures taken at a local or national level are likely to aid and/or complicate donor assessment, while the rapid evolution of the epidemic demands a precautionary yet flexible approach to suitability guidelines.

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