COVID-19 Outbreak (Update: More than 2.9M cases and 132,313 deaths in US) (34 Viewers)

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It shouldn't be a big deal but with a large number of people unable to afford healthcare, and the anti vax crowd growing there's a small chance that this could be interesting.
 
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I have been following it but haven’t posted yet - as right now it seems that transmission and mortality rates are fairly low. The origin in the fish market is interesting. Unless it mutates, this seems like it won’t reach epidemic status.
 

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Mystery virus in China

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It's not really a 'mystery virus' though some media have been calling it that. It's a previously unknown ("novel") coronavirus. But they have sequenced it and we understand it . . . there's already a diagnostic test available.

It is picking up pace though. We're now up to over 200 cases in China and a handful abroad including in Thailand, Japan, and ROK (South Korea) - probably elsewhere, as the city in which it originated (Wuhan) is a transportation hub.

Three people have now died from the Wuhan virus. It's still too early to get reliable mortality rates but it seems lower than SARS. Coronaviruses, however, are believed to mutate easily so a novel coronavirus with a propensity to be lethal always trouble epidemiologists greatly because transmission and mortality can seem manageable for a while but a mutation to a more dangerous virus is always possible.
 
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It's not really a 'mystery virus' though some media have been calling it that. It's a previously unknown ("novel") coronavirus. But they have sequenced it and we understand it . . . there's already a diagnostic test available.

It is picking up pace though. We're now up to over 200 cases in China and a handful abroad including in Thailand and ROK (South Korea) - probably elsewhere, as the city in which it originated (Wuhan) is a transportation hub.

Three people have now died from the Wuhan flu. It's still too early to get reliable mortality rates but it seems lower than SARS. Coronaviruses, however, are believed to mutate easily so a novel coronavirus with a propensity to be lethal always trouble epidemiologists greatly because transmission and mortality can seem manageable for a while but a mutation to a more dangerous virus is always possible.
That’s what they all say right before the dead rise and start eating people
 

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Here's another problem with these - lack of transparency by the Chinese authorities. When the 'mystery illness' was first identified, Chinese authorities were shutting down all talk of it on Twitter and other social media in China.

So you never really know the full story.

You see some of that mistrust reflected in the expert community:

A report by MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College in London estimated that the number of cases in Wuhan city was likely to be closer to 1,700, than the official numbers. Chinese health authorities have not commented on the report.
 

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It's not really a 'mystery virus' though some media have been calling it that. It's a previously unknown ("novel") coronavirus. But they have sequenced it and we understand it . . . there's already a diagnostic test available.

It is picking up pace though. We're now up to over 200 cases in China and a handful abroad including in Thailand, Japan, and ROK (South Korea) - probably elsewhere, as the city in which it originated (Wuhan) is a transportation hub.

Three people have now died from the Wuhan flu. It's still too early to get reliable mortality rates but it seems lower than SARS. Coronaviruses, however, are believed to mutate easily so a novel coronavirus with a propensity to be lethal always trouble epidemiologists greatly because transmission and mortality can seem manageable for a while but a mutation to a more dangerous virus is always possible.
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Channel surfing last night and wouldn't ya know I land on Contagion. Doh.

So long as they don't name this MEV-1 we good to go.
 

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Already a couple of confirmed cases in Bangkok I believe. Going next week :oops:
One of the Thailand cases is a 32 year-old UK national who was backpacking across Asia or something like that. His dad said when they (parents) got to his hospital room in Phuket he was on death's door.
 
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