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Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains in Beijing. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Coronavirus has officially reached America, prompting the U.S. to create a "funneling" system to ward off an outbreak.
Why it matters: "News of the first case in the United States comes amid growing evidence that the virus spreads from person to person, although it is not clear how easily," the N.Y. Times notes.
The U.S. resident had visited Wuhan and arrived in Seattle on Jan. 15 via an indirect flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly reports.
The big picture: Other patients have been confirmed in Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, as well as Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
What's next: The World Health Organization is holding an emergency committee meeting tomorrow in Geneva to determine whether the outbreak "constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage it."
Above: Senate staffers carry boxes to the U.S. Capitol.
Below: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).
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