Emily Vaughn | Michigan Radio

Emily Vaughn

Updated Feb. 6, 9:03 a.m. ET

A new strain of virus that appears to have originated in China is spreading rapidly and crossing borders. There are more than 28,000 confirmed cases worldwide and at least 565 reported deaths as of Feb. 5.

Here's what we know so far about this virus, as reported by NPR's daily science podcast Short Wave.

What kind of disease is this?