The more than 80,000 reported cases of novel coronavirus have been widely varied. Many of those sickened had only mild symptoms followed by full recoveries. Others suffered severe respiratory illness and even death, in a small percentage of cases.
The disparity is part of why officials say it’s been difficult to contain the virus and predict what impact it will ultimately have on the world.
Despite the unknowns, the virus's dramatic rise and fears of its continued spread are already affecting nearly every area of life. From reduced carbon emissions to the cancellation of sports events, here’s a look at some of the more unforeseen effects.
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