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posted by martyb on Monday January 27 2020, @08:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the stay-aware-and-wash-your-hands dept.

China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates:

The virus thought to have originated in a Wuhan food market continues to spread as China steps up containment efforts.

[...] China is extending the Lunar New Year holiday for three days and enforcing strict containment measures in an attempt to curb the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 80 people and infected at more than 2,700, most of them in the central province of Hubei where the virus first emerged.

The holiday season was due to end on Friday but will now be extended until February 2.

More than 56 million people in almost 20 cities, including the Hubei capital of Wuhan, have been affected by travel restrictions, introduced amid fears the transmission rate will balloon as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

[...] Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a pandemic as more countries report cases. Confirmed cases have so far been announced in several Asiancountries, Europe and North America.

[...] The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the respiratory illness, which has been traced to the city of Wuhan, is an emergency in China but the organisation said on Thursday it was too early to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @12:35PM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @12:35PM (#949270)

    Your advice is wrong. Usually people die or have complications from bacterial pneumonia, which takes hold after the tissue is damaged by viral replication and immune response. So antibiotics can be very helpful in cases of the flu. Of course, even more useful is sufficient vitamin c to prevent the damage to begin with.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by hendrikboom on Monday January 27 2020, @01:16PM (7 children)

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 27 2020, @01:16PM (#949293) Homepage Journal

    I thought vitamin C against the common cold was debunked long long ago. Even a vitamin C manufacturer was unable to fabricate any evidence for it.

    Does it actually turn out to help with other viral infections?

    -- hendrik

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @01:28PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @01:28PM (#949298)

      It wasn't debunked, they just tested very low doses and did pharmacokinetic studies in *healthy* people that showed they were pissing it all out after 100 mg/day. If you give the same dose to sick people it doesn't even get their blood levels back to normal:

      "Using the pharmacokinetic data from the study by Levine et al. [23], we constructed a four-parameter log- logistic response model to predict the plasma vitamin C concentrations for the critically ill patients on the basis of their enteral and/or parenteral vitamin C intakes. The predicted plasma concentrations, although variable, were significantly higher at all time points than the measured plasma concentrations (P

      Really the does required depends on the redox environment of your body, so a proper dosing requires measuring blood levels or titrating to bowel tolerance. It's possible someone with a cold can absorb a hundred grams in a day: []

      Basically, they need to measure the plasma vitamin C levels in just one of these patients. Then once they see it is depleted (which it is in every illness ever checked), see how much it takes to get them at least back to normal. Then assess the health effects. Just one patient. But they won't. They'll spend a trillion dollars on other BS and quarantining 100 million people, building a new hospital every week, etc. But they won't check vitamin C levels in a single patient.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @06:59PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @06:59PM (#949472)

        It's amazing to think of how fucked up the mind is of whoever downvoted this lifesaving info. Just check the vitamin c levels in the blood of one patient, what is there to lose?

    • (Score: 2) by Bot on Monday January 27 2020, @02:25PM (4 children)

      by Bot (3902) on Monday January 27 2020, @02:25PM (#949322) Journal

      In the statistical bubble of my own experience, vit C is more effective than flu vaccines. make of that what you wish.

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