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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, @02:10PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @02:10PM (#949307)

    i wonder how many of these 'em pandemics go unnoticed.
    as far as i can remember, the last time i went to the doctor, feeling sick, he drew blood by the galon and sent it off to some high-tech biotech facility, same with spit, poo and pee.
    i was stuck in a hermetically sealed room and observed with a diet of green apples, salt biscuits (non moldy) and hot-sugar tea for two weeks!
    obviously this is all fake and non-sense. but this is the way a "new virus" would be discovered.
    the "normal" way of "please take off your shirt and cough while i listen" and "please put this thermometer in your mouth" "ok, you got the flu. take this ibuprofene / aspirine /whatnot and drink plenty of fluids. thanks for visit" ... will probably not discover a new virus unless it makes your eyes turn blue ..uhm .. no .. uhm ... green, well some really strange color -or- make a greenish-yellow-glowing lump grow out the side of your head?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @02:23PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @02:23PM (#949318)

    The same way the vaping illness started. It is idiopathic pneumonia, ie the patients test negative for all the usual stuff. Then they try to find some correlation with something. In this case even WHO admits this virus hasn't yet been verified as the cause of the symptoms.