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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @01:28AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @01:28AM (#951533)

    Why would you think the best weaponized virus is the most lethal?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @07:43AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @07:43AM (#951691)

    Strawman. OP didn't say best is most lethal. It's just not lethal enough. It doesn't really appear more dangerous than the nastier flus of recent decades.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @08:16AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @08:16AM (#951700)

      I don't think you want it to be lethal at all. Zero lethality is ideal. Max morbidity causes the biggest drain on resources.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @10:35AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @10:35AM (#951718)

        1) it's below par in terms of morbidity too.
        2) Max morbidity doesn't cause as much drain on resources as you think because less resources will be spent on you if you're too sick. Max resource drain might be something like a disease where you stay fairly healthy and active but you go around secretly destroying resources and infecting other people...