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posted by Fnord666 on Monday January 20 2020, @04:59AM   Printer-friendly
from the difficulty-breathing dept.

China reports 3rd death, nearly 140 new cases of coronavirus:

China reported on Monday its third death from a mysterious new virus and nearly 140 fresh cases as the disease spread to other parts of the country, including Beijing, raising concerns about more infections as millions begin trips for the Lunar New Year.

Medical experts are still struggling to understand the new strain of coronavirus but its connection with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has caused alarm. SARS originated in southern China in 2002 before spreading to Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world infecting thousands and leaving more than 800 people dead.

Coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold, but can also affect the lower-respiratory tract, causing pneumonia or bronchitis.

[...] In Wuhan, the city in central China where the new strain first emerged, 136 new cases were found over the weekend the local health commission said, without giving details about the person who died.

[...] A total of 201 people have now been diagnosed with the virus in China. In Wuhan, 170 people are still being treated in hospital, including nine in critical condition, the city health commission said.

Wuhan is a city of 11 million inhabitants that serves as a major transport hub, including during the annual Lunar New Year holiday when hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel across the country to visit family.


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Later Thursday, health officials from the World Health Organization decided not to declare the outbreak an international health emergency. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that after two days of meetings in Geneva with the organization's Emergency Committee, the group was divided. "Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency," Tedros said. "It may yet become one." The WHO is not recommending any international restrictions on trade or travel, but does recommend exit screenings at airports.

Beginning at 10 a.m. local time (9 p.m. Wednesday ET), authorities in Wuhan, about 500 miles west of Shanghai, started sealing off public transportation, including its metro system, airport, train station and long-haul bus hubs. Livestreamed videos from the city show soldiers wearing face masks barricading the entrances to the city's train station Thursday morning to prevent passengers from entering and leaving the city.

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Firstly, there is some confusion regarding the actual names that are reported for the virus, the disease that it causes, and names frequently seen in media reporting. From https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-020-0695-z:

The present outbreak of a coronavirus-associated acute respiratory disease called coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is the third documented spillover of an animal coronavirus to humans in only two decades that has resulted in a major epidemic. The Coronaviridae Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, which is responsible for developing the classification of viruses and taxon nomenclature of the family Coronaviridae, has assessed the placement of the human pathogen, tentatively named 2019-nCoV, within the Coronaviridae. Based on phylogeny, taxonomy and established practice, the CSG recognizes this virus as forming a sister clade to the prototype human and bat severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses (SARS-CoVs) of the species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus, and designates it as SARS-CoV-2.

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There is much more information at the link provided.

Secondly, as this is a fusion of stories received over the last week or so take all quoted figures of casualties as possibly out-of-date. At the time of merging these stories (12 Mar 20) there have been 127,863 confirmed cases world-wide resulting in 4,717 deaths. 68,309 people have already recovered with the remainder either in self-imposed or advisory isolation, in basic hospital care and a relatively small number in critical care. The pandemic has affected 116 countries/regions. Source: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 - a graphical display produced by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Many countries have taken emergency measures to restrict travel or large gatherings of people. As this is a very fluid situation we suggest you refer to the media of any specific country in which you have an interest. President Trump has banned transatlantic air travel from countries in mainland Europe to the USA from Friday 2020-03-13 at 23:59 (no timezone stated) for a period initially of 30 days, and air travel within Europe is also significantly disrupted.

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Used model does not offer much grounds for optimism.

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Virus: The virus by itself is now officially referred to as SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). It was formerly known as 2019-nCoV (2019 novel coronavirus).

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China confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus:

Human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus strain has been confirmed in China, fueling fears of a major outbreak of the SARS-like virus as millions travel for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Zhong Nanshan, head of the National Health Commission, said on Monday patients may have contracted the new virus without having visited the central city of Wuhan where it was discovered before spreading across China and reaching three other Asian nations.

"Currently, it can be said it is affirmative that there is the phenomenon of human-to-human transmission," he said in an interview with China's CCTV state broadcaster.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20 2020, @09:09AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20 2020, @09:09AM (#945728)

    suddenly having the kid at the institute kindergarten with other researcher's kids is no longer a good idea, since some of them are chinese and they do travel home from time to time. luckily I live in a country where I can trust the medical system. not sure how much the trust is reasonable in this context.

    • (Score: 2) by Bot on Monday January 20 2020, @11:55AM

      by Bot (3902) on Monday January 20 2020, @11:55AM (#945754) Journal

      It is really a bad place/time of the year combination for a new virus to pop up.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20 2020, @05:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20 2020, @05:47PM (#945896)

      I was in New Zealand a few years ago during Chinese New Year. There wasn't *anything* from dorm room in a hostel to upscale hotel room available-- the visiting Chinese had booked *everything* (I stayed with my cousin). So, better watch out for those Kiwi kids too. And, Aussie kids. And, kids of folks like me who travel a lot.

      With the ease (for those from countries with "good" passports), speed, and low cost of international travel (for those with first world incomes), I doubt a self-imposed quarantine (avoidance) of ethnic Chinese and Chinese nationals is going to have much affect on your (and your kids') likelihood of exposure-- which is probably vanishingly small, regardless.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by RamiK on Monday January 20 2020, @06:36PM

      by RamiK (1813) on Monday January 20 2020, @06:36PM (#945910)

      Fearing one minority or the next over potential viral spread is just silly considering how international air ports and commercial and business flights operate packing people like sardines.

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  • (Score: 2) by mendax on Monday January 20 2020, @11:37PM

    by mendax (2840) on Monday January 20 2020, @11:37PM (#946068)

    I recently rewatched Contagion. A scary movie to watch when an unknown SARS-like bug is simmering in that genetic stew that is China.

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