In late January, Angelica Cheung, the veteran editor of Vogue China, returned to her home city of Beijing after a week at the Paris fashion shows and an international Vogue conference in London, excited to be reunited with her family.

Cheung had been so busy on her travels that at first she’d paid little attention to news coming out of the city of Wuhan, 700 miles from Beijing, about the emergence of a mysterious new coronavirus that had been identified by the Chinese government on December 31.

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