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posted by takyon on Thursday January 30 2020, @10:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the last-week dept.

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

"The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

1st Person-To-Person Spread Of Coronavirus Has Occurred In U.S., CDC Says

Coronavirus: US reports first person-to-person transmission

Chicago health officials have reported the first US case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly coronavirus.

The new patient is the spouse of a Chicago woman who carried the infection back from Wuhan, China, the US Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday.

The discovery marks the second report of the virus in Illinois and the sixth confirmed case in the US.

This paper provides early estimates of 2019-nCoV epidemiological parameters: Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV: early estimation of epidemiological parameters and epidemic predictions (open, DOI: 10.1101/2020.01.23.20018549) (DX)

Used model does not offer much grounds for optimism.


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  • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Friday January 31 2020, @12:57AM (3 children)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Friday January 31 2020, @12:57AM (#951518)

    I think they're more worried about small island nations, and poor countries that might not cope well with a large number of sick people.

    I'm sure the US will deal with this fine.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Friday January 31 2020, @04:27AM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 31 2020, @04:27AM (#951646) Journal

    I'm sure the US will deal with this fine.

    I don't know... You make it sound like "Meh, being a zombie is not that bad, at least if you do it part time"


    • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:13PM

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Saturday February 01 2020, @11:13PM (#952548)

      I wouldn't want to make a career out of it, but it's a diverting hobby. :-)

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by sjames on Friday January 31 2020, @05:17AM

    by sjames (2882) on Friday January 31 2020, @05:17AM (#951656) Journal

    The U.S. does have some advantage due to experience. We're quite used to untreated illness and going to work while sick.

    On the other hand, that's a perfect setup for a pandemic.