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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.

Previously:


Original Submission #1Original Submission #2Original Submission #3

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Friday January 31 2020, @03:05AM (6 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Friday January 31 2020, @03:05AM (#951608)

    I shouldn't think it is a biological warfare virus. It is not really lethal enough for that is it?

    First thing you learn is you want as long an incubation period as possible without any symptoms. If a symptom pops up (like coughing) you try to squash it ASAP, else those clever bumpkins notice your little science fair project.

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  • (Score: 2) by deimtee on Friday January 31 2020, @06:54AM

    by deimtee (3272) on Friday January 31 2020, @06:54AM (#951679) Journal

    Username checks out.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @07:52AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @07:52AM (#951693)

    If I were a bioweapons researcher I'd try to make a combination weapon. e.g. you normally only die if you get infected by both viruses within a certain time period. If you get infected by one it's only like the common cold or something - e.g very contagious but doesn't kill.

    See also: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170131124205.htm [sciencedaily.com]

    That way it's easier to control who dies and maybe harder to figure out what's going on. Also if one gets loose it's not as big a problem.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @08:26AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @08:26AM (#951702)

      Why would you want the enemy to die instead of continuing to consume resources in a hospital bed? The best bioweapon is probably something like HFCS...

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @10:37AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @10:37AM (#951719)

        Go ask the others making lethal weapons if you can't figure out why.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @12:56PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @12:56PM (#951737)

        High Fructose Corn Syrup ?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @02:25PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @02:25PM (#951774)

          Yes, simply drain the enemys resources by making them so unhealthy they require constant medical care for their entire lives.