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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 takyon on Friday January 31 2020, @01:27AM (5 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday January 31 2020, @01:27AM (#951532) Journal

    Canada arc:

    Chinese researcher escorted from infectious disease lab amid RCMP investigation []
    Canadian government scientist under investigation trained staff at Level 4 lab in China []
    Online claims that Chinese scientists stole coronavirus from Winnipeg lab have 'no factual basis' []

    The recent indictment [] of Zaosong Zheng and others appears to be unrelated to pathogens, but it points to ongoing efforts by China to steal biological materials (and everything else).

    This article might be discussing the radio host you heard:

    The Wuhan Virus Is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon [] (archive [])

    The article attempts to debunk some of the bioweapon conspiracy theories.

    The widely cited Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market is within about 20 miles from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, also referred to as Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, etc.:

    Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens []

    The practices of the meat markets [] alone could cause these issues, no bioweapon lab needed. These markets are being shuttered, at least temporarily [].

    One point of contention is the term "bioweapon". Is an inadvertently released virus a "bioweapon" if it wasn't specifically engineered to become more deadly? Are the facilities in Wuhan for the purposes of "biological warfare" or "biosafety"?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @01:30AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @01:30AM (#951534)

    > Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market is within about 20 miles from the Wuhan Institute of Virolog

    Fake, China uses km not miles.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @07:54AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @07:54AM (#951694) []

    In the earliest case, the patient became ill on 1 December 2019 and had no reported link to the seafood market, the authors report. “No epidemiological link was found between the first patient and later cases,” they state. Their data also show that, in total, 13 of the 41 cases had no link to the marketplace. “That’s a big number, 13, with no link,” says Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University.

    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Friday January 31 2020, @01:31PM

      by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 31 2020, @01:31PM (#951750) Journal

      There is, however, a quite reasonable explanation:
      1) Many cases of the coronavirus don't have severe symptoms, so they wouldn't be recorded.
      2) Even cases that are recorded are contagious well before the symptoms appear.

      So if a vendor of food is passing around something that infects a few people, it's quite likely that there will be no obvious link, because the first cases didn't have noticeable symptoms, or had symptoms that appeared to be something else, say a bad cold or asthma.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @03:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @03:20PM (#951792)

    preeeetttyyy sure the benign virus mutated out of of chinese PV module factories, infected a grid-tie inverter factory and became stronger in the process.
    infectious to humans happened when a team of oil and gas barons visited china and their yaw dropped to the ground after seeing the massive amount of infection ^_^