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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 c0lo on Friday January 31 2020, @04:31AM (5 children)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 31 2020, @04:31AM (#951647) Journal

    Just an idea put out there by a talk show host. Did this coronavirus escape the military's biological warfare laboratories?... it's something to think about.

    Why do you think it would even matter?

    (I'm just curious about the mechanism by which "talk show host"'s can be so successful in directing the public opinion on points irrelevant to the matter at hand. I have my hypotheses, but I'm happy to collect other data points)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @06:17AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 31 2020, @06:17AM (#951670)

    What difference, at this point, does it make?

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Friday January 31 2020, @06:38AM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 31 2020, @06:38AM (#951676) Journal

      For who?

      If it's for me, you find the explanations in the small print underneath my question - valid at any point for at least a while.

      If it's for another party, then I cannot answer.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday January 31 2020, @07:54AM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 31 2020, @07:54AM (#951695) Journal

    The talk show host was blabbing, as all such hosts do, for the audience. He got some ears, so his speculation was successful, from his point of view.

    As for how it matters whether the bug escaped a military lab, well, world opinion and all that jazz. Note that no one speculated (as of yet) that Chine intentionally unleashed the bug. That would be an entirely different event than allowing the bug to escape through negligence or whatever.

    The fish and game market? How handy to have a scapegoat located so close at hand, ehh?

    Do I think that's what really happened? Uhhhhmmmmm, I guess I'd give it a 2 or 3% chance of being so. I mean, how many dummies are going to believe that China DOES NOT do NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) warfare research? Hell, we've known that they've had nukes for decades now, right? Surely they do at least limited work on the B and C parts of NBC.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Friday January 31 2020, @08:08AM (1 child)

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 31 2020, @08:08AM (#951698) Journal


      (my fault, should have been more precise with the context of my question.
      I was actually targeting the final part, the "... it's something to think about." and I intended to ask "Why do you think it's important enough that we should think about? Why having me/us/public/whoever thinking about this matters at this stage?"
      I don't want to impose on your time with my reformulated question, though)