A Commentary For the Health Minded by Mitch Santell
It would seem that we have a bit of a problem with the Corona Virus. China has had to Quarantine 11 Million People, and the CDC (Center’s For Death Control) are going to have to decide if there is an emergency to be declared.
Health officials in Wuhan, China reported 139 new cases of a new mystery virus over the weekend, now rapidly spreading to other provinces and surrounding countries, reported CNN.
As of Monday morning, three people have died from the pneumonia-like illness, and globally there have been more than 200 reported cases, noted Reuters.
Beijing confirmed two cases of coronavirus Monday, while Guangdong health officials reported one case in Shenzhen – these are the first reports that the virus is quickly spreading from Wuhan, the epicenter.
On Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus originated from a seafood/meat market in Wuhan, has likely spread through human-to-human transmission.Read more here: shorturl.at/kCDV0
Now for today’s Dystopian Predictive Hollywood Scene:
Update 7 (1630ET): Mexico is the latest country to announce a ‘coordinated response’ to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- MEXICO TO COORDINATE NATION-WIDE EFFORTS TO MONITOR CORONAVIRUS
- MEXICO ISSUED PREVENTIVE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION FOR CORONAVIRUS
Until the epidemic is over, it’s private jets only.
Update 5 (1500ET): After praising all of China’s efforts to contain the outbreak, the WHO Director-General announced that the emergency committee would delay its decision on whether to declare the coronavirus a major health emergency of international concern because the committee wants “more information.”
It’s unclear exactly what they’re hoping to learn between today and tomorrow, but with the pace at which the virus is spreading, it’s possible that nearly 1,000 cases will have been identified by then.
Only five other outbreaks have warranted this designation from the WHO.
Hong Kong’s public rail company, MTR Corp, confirmed that it had been notified by the Department of Health that the patient took a high-speed rail train G5607 from the Shenzhen North station to West Kowloon Station. Officials are now taking steps to disinfect the train.
The virus has also reportedly made it to Macau, which also confirmed its first case on Wednesday, according to the SCMP. Alarmingly, considering that Macau is one of the most popular destinations for the hundreds of millions of vacationers from the mainland looking to travel for the Chinese New Year Holiday this week, Macau’s patient zero made it through health screenings for the virus, even though she had been showing symptoms including a cough and sore throat for about a week.
Ominously, four family members of the patient, all of whom didn’t have symptoms, stayed overnight at a hotel in a popular tourist area of Hong Kong before departing for Manila.
The virus has already spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the US, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and beyond.
Earlier, we reported that China had launched a nation-wide screening effort to detect any remaining cases of the virus, suggesting that there could be many more cases yet to be uncovered. Screeners are looking for symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, all pneumonia-like symptoms. In addition to the autonomous regions, the virus has been confirmed in at least 13 Chinese provinces.
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