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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/30/20 3:23 PM 
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January 30, 2020

        "The declaration of a global emergency triggers recommendations to all countries aimed at preventing or reducing cross-border spread of disease, while avoiding unnecessary interference with trade and travel."


Coronavirus live updates: World Health Organization declares global health emergency

The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency with the viral novel coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, due to weak health care systems of other countries — not for China’s handling of the outbreak.

“Let me be clear, this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China,” Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO director, said in Geneva Thursday.

The outbreak is unprecendented, Ghebreyesus added, but it has been met with an unprecedented response. The WHO director praised China for its efforts in containing the outbreak and the country’s transparency the last few weeks.

The WHO stopped short of recommending travel restrictions and trade bans. “(The WHO) could question any country over travel restrictions like visa refusal, border closure, quarantine of travellers in good conditions,” said Didier Houssin, chair of the WHO emergency committee.

The declaration of a global emergency triggers recommendations to all countries aimed at preventing or reducing cross-border spread of disease, while avoiding unnecessary interference with trade and travel.

It covers temporary recommendations for national health authorities worldwide, which include stepping up their monitoring, preparedness and containment measures.

Although the WHO has no legal authority to sanction countries, it could ask governments to provide scientific justification for any travel or trade restrictions that they impose in the event of an international emergency.

The first U.S. incident of person-to-person spread of the new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has been identified in Illinois, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 6:26 AM 
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January 31, 2020

        Note: While regular medical face masks might help a little, if there is really a potential of the Corona Virus, they are not good enough. It takes an N95 or better. They cost around $50, they need to be specially fitted, and I am told they have pretty much been sold out everywhere. No one was expecting this kind of demand.


Stores Across U.S. Sell Out of Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer as Coronavirus Spreads

Brooklyn, New York–Stores are running out of personal care products consumers are buying in an attempt to ward off the Wuhan coronavirus.

At least three pharmacies visited by Breitbart News in Brooklyn, N.Y. were sold out of individual-sized hand sanitizer this weekend. A Target store located at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal was also sold out. Target’s website reported none were available for delivery in Brooklyn.

Disposable surgical face masks were also unavailable on Sunday at those stores.

Amazon said that it could deliver hand sanitizer by Wednesday. An Amazon page for ‘flu masks’ showed many of the most popular versions of surgical masks and personal anti-dust masks were unavailable.

The unavailability of these items is likely tied to heightened purchases by consumers due to fears of the Wuhan coronavirus. It is not yet clear how widespread such shortages are.

“Everyone was buying those pocket bottles because of the China flu,” an employee at one Brooklyn seller told Breitbart. The employee asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to news media.

Masks and sanitizer shortages are reportedly widespread in Asia, with some sellers significantly increasing prices in reaction to intense demand.

Update: Shortages of face masks have been reported in Chicago. From the Chicago Tribune:

On the eve of Lunar New Year, a time meant for celebration with family and arguably the most important Chinese holiday, many Chinatown residents found themselves instead standing in line to buy bright blue boxes of face masks, seeking to protect themselves from the coronavirus after the first case was confirmed in Chicago.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 8:41 AM 
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January 31, 2020

          "The virus, which originated in Wuhan, has sickened more than 7,700 people and has been linked to at least 170 deaths. The number of cases in mainland China has now surpassed that of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, but the death toll remains significantly lower."


Person-to-person transmission of coronavirus reported in US, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the first case of person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in the United States. In a telebriefing on Thursday, officials said the patient is the husband of a Chicago woman who was diagnosed with the illness after returning from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.

The case marks the sixth coronavirus illness confirmed in the U.S., and the second in Illinois.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, said the health agency had expected to identify "some" person-to-person spread in the U.S., and insisted that the risk to the American public "remains low." Officials stressed that the husband, who did not travel to China and is in his 60s with underlying health issues, and his wife had continued close contact while she was symptomatic, exposing him to the virus.

Both patients remain hospitalized and the man is stable. The woman, who is also in her 60s and was the first travel-related case confirmed in Illinois, is said to be "doing well." Illinois officials declined to identify which hospital is treating the patients.

Officials said an investigative team is continuing to look into potential contacts of the couple.

Health officials in Canada previously reported a similar instance in a couple who were diagnosed with the coronavirus after they returned from a trip to Wuhan. The Ontario Ministry of Health said the man, who is in his 50s, reported fever and respiratory symptoms and was placed in isolation. Days later, the wife also tested positive for the virus.

At this time, the CDC said it does not recommend the general public wear masks, but that those who have recently traveled to China be vigilant about reporting possible symptoms.

The virus, which originated in Wuhan, has sickened more than 7,700 people and has been linked to at least 170 deaths. The number of cases in mainland China has now surpassed that of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, but the death toll remains significantly lower.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 8:50 AM 
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January 31, 2020 - President Trump Forms Coronavirus Task Force


Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the President’s Coronavirus Task Force

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the formation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force.  Members of the Task Force have been meeting on a daily basis since Monday.  At today’s meeting, which the President chaired, he charged the Task Force with leading the United States Government response to the novel 2019 coronavirus and with keeping him apprised of developments.

The Task Force is led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and is coordinated through the National Security Council.  It is composed of subject matter experts from the White House and several United States Government agencies, and it includes some of the Nation’s foremost experts on infectious diseases.

The Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus, while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.

The President’s top priority is the health and welfare of the American people.  That is why, in 2018, President Trump signed the National Biodefense Strategy, which improves speed of action in situations such as this.  The Administration, led by the President’s Task Force, will continue to work to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The risk of infection for Americans remains low, and all agencies are working aggressively to monitor this continuously evolving situation and to keep the public informed.  For more information, please visit CDC.gov.

Members of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force:

Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services

Robert O’Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health

Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun, Department of State

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Joel Szabat, Acting Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation

Matthew Pottinger, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

Rob Blair, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff

Joseph Grogan, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

Derek Kan, Executive Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 8:53 AM 
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You should keep track of this thread as it progresses.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/1/20 7:11 PM 
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February 2, 2020


Boston Man Becomes 8th U.S. Coronavirus Diagnosis

Massachusetts health officials say a man who traveled to Boston from Wuhan, China, has been diagnosed with coronavirus, making him the first Massachusetts resident with the virus and the eighth confirmed case in the United States.

According to a news release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the man, who is in his 20s and lives in Boston, has been isolated since his diagnosis and will remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.

The man’s close contacts are also being monitored for any signs of symptoms, health officials said.

“We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately,” said Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel. “Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly. Again, the risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.”

More than 250 people have died of the novel strain of coronavirus, which has infected 12,000 people worldwide.

The United States has declared coronavirus a public health emergency, and the United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to non-citizens who have recently visited China.

Several U.S. airlines have temporarily suspended flights to China.

China has also restricted international travel as it attempts to contain the virus.

Massachusetts officials said they are not asking residents to do anything differently, as the risk of infection from the virus remains low and the flu has infected and killed far more people this winter.

Public health officials recommend taking the same steps to prevent colds and flu, including frequent and thorough hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick. They also encourage patients with respiratory difficulties who have visited China recently, especially Hubei province, to seek treatment as soon as possible.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/3/20 1:27 PM 
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February 3, 2020

         "The first wave of cases must have occurred in December or earlier because by Jan. 2, 41 cases admitted to a hospital in Wuhan had a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of 2019-nCoV. But Wuhan was not placed under quarantine until 5 million people had left to celebrate the New Year, carrying the virus all across China."

Can coronavirus info from China be trusted?

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has reached 9,776, with 213 deaths. But is it plausible that China, the source of the outbreak, has locked down 17 cities because of 213 deaths?

A Jan. 28 directive issued by China's Ministry of Public Security ordered all police departments throughout the country to make "wartime preparations." The police are to help "control the disease" by enforcing quarantine orders and helping to speed the distribution of medical supplies, while at the same time "maintaining social stability" by "severely" punishing any public or online reporting about the spread of the epidemic.

A tweet read: "The [Wuhan] city government and Hubei Provincial Civil Affairs Ministry have dispatched vehicles, staff, and protective gear to each funeral house [in Wuhan]." The post went on to offer "free cremation for the corpses of coronavirus victims" who died on Jan. 26 or later. The reason the city was deploying these new resources, it said, was "to improve the capacity of transporting and dealing with corpses."

The tweet obviously didn't please the censors, writes Steven Mosher. An hour later the above sentences were deleted from the text.

Crematorium workers in the city of Wuhan claim that bodies are being sent from hospitals without being added to the official record. The first wave of cases must have occurred in December or earlier because by Jan. 2, 41 cases admitted to a hospital in Wuhan had a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of 2019-nCoV. But Wuhan was not placed under quarantine until 5 million people had left to celebrate the New Year, carrying the virus all across China.

Before the 1918 influenza epidemic, a solo, horse-and-buggy physician in Kansas, Dr. Loring Miner, made the correct diagnosis of an unusually lethal outbreak of influenza and did all he could to sound the alarm. The U.S. Public Health Service ignored him, writes John M. Barry in his 2004 book, "The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History." Might social media have stopped that epidemic in its tracks?

China's "Great Firewall" is the most sophisticated internet censorship operation in the world. Google's secret Project Nightingale to facilitate the Chinese dictatorship's censorship has apparently been stymied for now. However, U.S. providers of online services have yielded to pressure from Rep. Adam Schiff to suppress material he deems inappropriate for the public access. At the moment, this is restricted to information on adverse reactions to vaccines. The suppression of free speech and public access to government-disfavored views is the subject of a lawsuit by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

The 2019-nCoV may be unstoppable in China by now. Protecting the rest of the world requires vigilance and free communication.

For further information, with links to information on protecting yourself and your family, see Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, September 2019.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/4/20 1:08 AM 
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February 4, 2020

         "Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong have gone on strike, demanding the border with mainland China be completely closed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading...Chinese health officials are treating the Wuhan coronavirus using HIV medications."


China Update: Hong Kong Closes Nearly All Border Crossings with China – Chinese Using HIV Drug to Combat Coronavirus

Due to the Wuhan coronavirus most of Hong Kong citizens again worked from home today after a couple weeks of holidays and avoiding crowds.  The concern over the virus continues to grow.

Hong Kong medical workers went on strike in an effort to encourage the Hong Kong government to shut down the borders with China.  The BBC reported:

Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong have gone on strike, demanding the border with mainland China be completely closed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

Hong Kong has suspended cross-border rail and ferry services, but health workers want a total border closure.

Late Monday night in Hong Kong it was announced that more border crossings with China will be closed.  Only the airport and one border crossing are still open.

A strange video was shared on Twitter of what look to be three doctors in Wuhan wearing surgical masks and carrying guns.

Another video shows a woman who apparently dropped waiting in line at a pharmacy for some Chinese medicine that reportedly suppresses the virus.

It’s also being reported that China is using HIV medications to fight the virus:

The crisis continues.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/4/20 1:31 AM 
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February 4, 2020

             "However, the organization said that if the virus were to mutate and become easily transmissible to humans, there could be a major health concern."


China gut-punched as 2nd deadly disease breaks out

The Chinese province adjacent to the one where the coronavirus first appeared is facing an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, according to news reports.

What officials said was a highly pathogenic strain was reported in Hunan province, just south of Hunei province where the coronavirus-plagued city of Wuhan is located, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced Saturday, according to Reuters.

The government reported that the outbreak took place on a farm that had 7,850 chickens, 4,500 of which died due to the disease. More than 17,000 poultry were later killed to avoid the spread of the disease, the government reported. The World Health Organization said the bird flu causes severe respiratory disease in birds and is contagious to humans.

"Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person. When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60 percent," WHO reported on its website.

Despite the high mortality rate, WHO cautioned against panic.

"Almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments. The virus does not infect humans easily, and spread from person to person appears to be unusual. There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food," the WHO said.

However, the organization said that if the virus were to mutate and become easily transmissible to humans, there could be a major health concern.

"H5N1 infection in humans can cause severe disease and has a high mortality rate. If the H5N1 virus were to change and become easily transmissible from person to person while retaining its capacity to cause severe disease, the consequences for public health could be very serious," it said.

This is not the first report of bird flu in China. Last June, an outbreak of H5N6 flu was reported in western China, according to Reuters, while in January another outbreak of H5N6 was reported there, according to another Reuters report.

The bird flu outbreak comes as a gut-punch to a China already reeling from a coronavirus outbreak. As of Saturday, 259 Chinese had died from the virus and about 12,000 infections had been confirmed, according to The New York Times.

The spread of the virus has been linked to Chinese unwillingness to announce in December that the initial cases reported in Wuhan posed a serious threat to public health.

“This was an issue of inaction,” Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, said, according to The New York Times. “

Initial Chinese statements, instead, suggested the virus was under control

“Projecting optimism and confidence, if you don’t have the data, is a very dangerous strategy,” Alexandra Phelan, a faculty research instructor in microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University, told The Times.

“It undermines the legitimacy of the government in messaging. And public health is dependent on public trust," she said.

  • Edited February 5, 2020 8:46 am  by  WEBELIAHU

From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/5/20 8:46 AM 
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February 5, 2020

         "Coronavirus outbreak resembles SARS, but virus experts say science moves far faster now."

         So does the Coronavirus. With SARS one became infectious upon the appearance of symptoms. Not the Coronavirum, which can become infectious two weeks before there are any symptoms. Even though the death rate from the Coronavirus is less than SARS, it is potentially far more dangerous. It is far more difficult to cage a poisonous snake in the dark, than it is in the light. It is also an indication, to me, that whereas the Coronavirus may be passing through bats and other creatures, it did not start with them, that is may be a biological warfare experiment that got away from the Chinese.


Pressured world: How should we deal with the new virus from China?

To stop the novel coronavirus, scientists look to lessons from SARS outbreak.

In China, citizens wear masks while riding a subway, to protect from a new coronavirus

Deaths from the 2019 novel coronavirus have surpassed 210 in China. We’ll look back at lessons learned during the 2003 SARS outbreak and explore how to stop a pandemic today.

Listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Samira Mubareka, infectious disease physician and microbiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada; and Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiologist and global health security policy scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Coronavirus outbreak resembles SARS, but virus experts say science moves far faster now.

Dr. Paul Sax remembers SARS all too well, and the similarities with the new coronavirus that has now killed more than 210 people are obvious: Both are coronaviruses first diagnosed in China. Both seem to have originated in bats. Both cause severe lung infections and worldwide alarm.

But Sax, Clinical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital, says this outbreak also strikes him as very different. "What's different is the pace of scientific discovery," he says. "It's like someone pressed the fast-forward button, and we're accelerating through things that took much, much longer then."


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