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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A person in Washington State is infected with a new respiratory virus. The outbreak began at a market in China and now has spread to at least four other countries.



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World Health Organization: Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on 7 January.

On 10 January, WHO published a range of interim guidance for all countries on how they can prepare for this virus, including how to monitor for sick people, test samples, treat patients, control infection in health centres, maintain the right supplies, and communicate with the public about this new virus.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.


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I have been following this story for a couple weeks now. It was just discovered on December 31st. It has spread across China and to South Korea, Japan and other places already. Just read yesterday that the US is now checking new arrivals for fevers.

It's not like it is an end of plague wiping out the population but based on the numbers it would seem to be far more deadly than the typical annual flu.

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-21 10:34 AM | Reply

*end of the world plague...

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-21 10:34 AM | Reply

The incubation period still is not known. Maybe I should state that in all the articles I've read, I've not seen mention of the incubation period.

With all the travel within China for the Lunar New Year celebrations, this could get worse fairly quickly.

Bloomberg is reporting that medical workers have become infected. That's not a good sign because they typically wear a higher degree of protection against transmission than the general public does.

China Virus Spreads to Health Workers; Six Patients Dead

...China's mysterious respiratory virus has caused six deaths and infected a number of medical workers, a sign the outbreak has entered a new phase with the illness spreading from person to person.

Health-care workers contracting the new illness indicates that it is more easily transmitted than previously thought, bringing the outbreak to a higher risk level, reminiscent of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, pandemic that killed 800 people in Asia 17 years ago. China on Tuesday raised the number of confirmed cases to 291.

As hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to travel across the country and globally for the Lunar New Year holidays, concern is mounting that China will not be able to slow the spread of the pathogen, which originally emerged in the central city of Wuhan. It has since been found in people in Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Stocks in Asia slumped with China's currency on the news, while haven assets rose....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-21 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Saw reporting that its epicenter was Wuhan, and that it is at least loosely related to SARS and MERS (coronavirus).

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-21 11:16 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by LampLighter

Exactly. Everyone is reporting the bit about medical workers this morning. I was also wondering about the incubation period. I don't think they know but the median incubation period is 5 days for coronaviruses.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-21 11:41 AM | Reply

3-7 days is a good starting place for most acute viral illnesses.

As for medical staff getting infected, it's significant only because it shows human to human. Unless they're wearing specific respirators (ie an N95) they're only getting marginal protection from airborne droplets, especially small ones that are best at getting deeper into the lungs to cause infection.

Will be interesting to see how this pans out.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-21 12:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, here we go.

CDC expected to announce first US case of Wuhan coronavirus - www.cnn.com

Happy extinction everyone!

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-21 02:32 PM | Reply

I assume this landed in Seattle. Imagine if this swept through the homeless addict community.

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-01-21 02:34 PM | Reply


Yup, Sea-Tac, according to this article:


...The victim, a Snohomish County man in his 30s, recently traveled to China. He is now in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, where he is reported to be in "good" condition, said Dr. Chris Spitters of the Snohomish County Health District.

It is unclear if the man has transmitted the virus to anyone else in the United States....

The victim flew back to the U.S., arriving at Sea-Tac Airport last Wednesday. He contacted health officials a few days later when he started feeling ill, and his case was diagnosed by the CDC on Monday, said state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist....

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-21 03:59 PM | Reply

Yes they did announce it and it happened a week ago. NPR

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-21 05:58 PM | Reply

Don't worry Very Stable Jenius MD said it is under control.

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-01-22 07:29 AM | Reply


#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-23 01:01 AM | Reply

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