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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Snakes
    Bat soup, now it's snakes . . .

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    UK The Independent

    THAILAND IS TOP DESTINATION FOR TRAVELLERS FROM WUHAN
    ‘Bangkok is clearly the major international destination for traffic to and from Wuhan with on average around 545 arrivals each day’

    As concern grows about the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus, analysis of flight schedules has shown that the Thai capital, Bangkok, is the top international destination for travellers from the central Chinese city.



    An estimated 1.3 million British travellers visit Thailand each year, and the country also has a significant number of long-stay UK residents.

    The Foreign Office has not issued specific advice for visitors to Thailand concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.

    But Public Health England currently advises travellers to Wuhan, where the virus emerged: “Maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms.”

    Airlines and holiday companies are not relaxing their normal terms and conditions for travellers reluctant to travel to Thailand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Bat soup, now it's snakes . . .

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    They seem to enjoy animals with the BIGGEST health risk.

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    Coronavirus panic shuts two UK police stations after officers learn arrested Chinese national with flu-like symptoms had been in contact with people from Wuhan where outbreak has killed 25

    Coronavirus fears shuts two UK police stations | Daily Mail Online



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    Even though the government continues to fight against this situation, they confirmed the first case of Wuhan coronavirus-linked pneumonia.
    Macau.- The world is on alert after a virus broke out and seems to be spreading. Latest news from Macau confirmed the first case of Wuhan coronavirus-linked pneumonia on a 52-year-old businesswoman.
    The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau requested to casino operators to strengthen preventive measures in their casinos, including the wearing of masks by all casino staff.
    The virus seems to have come from the Wuhan and Hubei provinces, which is why the authorities are alert. There are direct flights to those areas, so there are multiple preventive protocols they are implementing.

    Wuhan coronavirus appeared for its first time in Macau - Focus Gaming News

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    Experts will meet again later to decide whether to declare an international public health emergency over the coronavirus after it killed more than a dozen people in China.


    The World Health Organisation (WHO) was expected to make the decision on Wednesday, but said they needed more information before deciding what to do, describing it as an "evolving and complex situation".

    https://www.scotsman.com/news/outbreak-of-coronavirus-in-china-could-be-declared-world-health-emergency-1-5079493

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    Usual fucking story. Mr. Shithole trying to cover it up has made the situation far worse.

    The virus that has infected hundreds in China shows signs of being far worse than SARS, the pandemic that killed nearly 800 people 17 years ago, a prominent virologist has warned after travelling to Wuhan, where the new coronavirus first began to spread.

    Yi Guan, who played an important role in tracing the development of SARS, spoke hours before authorities prepared to place a second Chinese city on lockdown, as local officials employ increasingly harsh measures in hopes of controlling the spread of the deadly Wuhan virus. Beginning at midnight Thursday, all public transport will halt in Huanggang and checks mandated for every person entering or exiting the city of 7.5 million, 70 kilometres east of Wuhan. All theatres, cafes and entertainment venues will be closed as well. Authorities said they would also close rail stations in nearby Ezhou, a city of one million.

    “Conservative estimates suggest that the scale of infection may eventually be 10 times higher than SARS,” said Dr. Guan, director of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Hong Kong, told China’s Caixin media group on Thursday. Dr. Guan spent two days in Wuhan this week.


    The World Health Organization said it would deliberate again on Thursday whether it should declare a global emergency around the 2019-nCoV virus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms and is believed to have originated at a market that sold wild game.


    Dr. Guan left, however, left Wuhan convinced that “the epidemic situation was out of control.”


    Most viral outbreaks ”are controllable,” he said. He pointed to SARS, H5N1 and swine fever.


    “I’ve experienced so much and I've never felt scared before,” he said. “But this time I'm scared.”


    By Thursday evening, Chinese authorities had identified 615 confirmed cases, 395 suspected cases and 17 deaths in 30 provinces and regions, including Hong Kong and Macau. Further cases have been confirmed in Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and the U.S.


    The comments from Dr. Guan mark the strongest warning to emerge from a professional who has travelled to Wuhan, a city of 11 million that on Thursday entered a partial lockdown. At 10 a.m., authorities shut down the city’s public transit and barred the boarding of outbound trains and planes. Authorities ordered anyone in public to wear a mask, and urged people not to use other means to leave the city.


    Local officials described taking “war-time measures,” state media reported.


    But those draconian measures may have come too late, Dr. Guan said, pointing to the great numbers of people who had already left Wuhan to return to childhood homes across China before the lockdown was imposed.

    “When these people returned to their hometowns, they took the virus to all parts of the country,” he said. In Wuhan, doctors told Caixin that the number of people infected could reach as high as 6,000. Using computer modelling, researchers at Imperial College London now estimate as many as 4,000 cases could exist in Wuhan alone.


    Given the incubation period of the virus, Dr. Guan estimated that pneumonia-like symptoms may begin to appear more broadly across China beginning Jan. 25. It called into question whether the nation-wide public rush to wear masks — few faces remained uncovered at airports and train stations across the country Thursday — had also come too late.


    At the Beijing West Train Station, a porter on Thursday told passersby that bullet trains passing through Wuhan were being disinfected several times a day. Chinese social media called attention to accounts this week from people encountering frontline workers at state-owned firms who had been told not to wear masks, lest it add to the sense of seriousness. By Thursday, those staff were wearing masks.


    Foreign experts have said early indications suggest the virus is not as deadly as early coronavirus pandemics, such as SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The Wuhan virus has so far proven deadly only for older people. Among those who have died to date, the youngest is 48 years old.


    The major organs of Chinese state media, however, gave little coverage to the spread of the virus, devoting greater attention to smiling pictures of president Xi Jinping issuing greetings for the Lunar New Year.


    It stood in stark contrast to the uncertainty and fear that coursed through Wuhan, where people raced to leave the city early Thursday morning, worried that authorities had declared an open-ended moratorium on trips out of the city.

    “The biggest concern to me is how long this sealing-off will last,” said Li Mei, who operates a popular shop selling flat cakes in Wuhan. “We only know it started at 10 a.m. today, and the buses have stopped.”


    At the city’s Wanfangtang Drug Store, a shopkeeper who gave her name only as Ms. Liu described six days of working 8 am to midnight, in an attempt to serve a never-ending queue of customers buying masks, alcohol disinfectant and anti-viral medication.


    She was so tired, “I almost passed out,” she said. The shop had run out of many products, and “even more people rushed to our store since the lockdown was announced this morning.”


    “It’s obvious,” she added, “that people are feeling a greater and greater sense of panic. But it remains under control — at least they are lining up to make purchases.”


    Her store, she said, “is probably the busiest place on the street,” as public spaces in Wuhan emptied of people.


    “You can barely see anyone wandering outside,” said Duan Jie, a manager at the Wuhan branch of an LED lighting company. Many aspects of life remained normal: “We can still go out to shop, and go to the supermarket to buy fruit and vegetables to prepare for the blackout period,” he said. But he worried about the sufficiency of the city’s food supplies if the lockdown remains in place for long.

    Car owners like him have more options, since only public transit has been halted.


    Dr. Guan, however, warned that too little was being done in Wuhan, telling Caixin that too few places were being disinfected. Based on what he saw on Tuesday and Wednesday, “local health protection has not been upgraded at all.” He disinfected his clothes, shoes and luggage the moment he got off the plane leaving Wuhan.


    Mr. Duan had nonetheless cancelled plans to drive with his wife and daughter to his hometown for Lunar New Year celebrations, known in China as Spring Festival. They planned to stay home instead.


    But he and others barely grumbled.


    "We should look at the whole picture, rather than just focus on our own lives,” said Ms. Li, the flat cake shop owner. “And isolating Wuhan doesn’t make it any easier for people here to get infected. We can take counter-measures, be careful and stay — and it will help prevent the virus from breaking out in other parts of China.”


    Spring Festival without extended family might be lonely.

    But “I care more about the situation with this disease, and how to make sure my families all safely get through it,” Mr. Duan said.


    “Not leaving Wuhan won’t kill you. But the virus could.”

    ‘This time I’m scared’: SARS virologist warns Wuhan virus far worse, as China locks down second city - The Globe and Mail

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    The COVID-2019 Thread-0_there-have-been-cases-novel-coronavirus

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    Movie theatres and karaokes are closed here in the south far from Wuhan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They actually increase your chances of getting infected..
    Nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Nonsense.
    I'm afraid if you're one of these people that think these will save you, dream on.

    Infected droplets will cling to these masks from both sides. While they are good at stopping you spreading an infection, they allow infected droplets to stay near your mouth and nose (and your hands, because you will touch there frequently) for a long time, which is why there is a greater risk.

    On their own they are not very helpful; by far the greatest saver is frequent and proper washing of hands, as with any communicable virus.

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    Just close the gate on China until further notice.

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    latest news on france 24,WUHAN HAS SHUT DOWN.
    SCORES ON THE DOORS 19 deaths 600infected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I'm afraid if you're one of these people that think these will save you, dream on.

    Infected droplets will cling to these masks from both sides. While they are good at stopping you spreading an infection, they allow infected droplets to stay near your mouth and nose (and your hands, because you will touch there frequently) for a long time, which is why there is a greater risk.

    On their own they are not very helpful; .
    Where do you get this shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Where do you get this shit.
    Yeah, the claim that they increase the chance of infection seems unlikely. It seems accurate to say they make little difference, except in reducing hand to mouth transfer simply because the mouth is covered.


    One of the abiding images of any virus outbreak is people in surgical masks.


    Using them to prevent infection is popular in many countries around the world, most notably China during the current coronavirus outbreak where they are also worn to protect against high pollution levels.


    Virologists are sceptical about their effectiveness against airborne viruses.


    But there is some evidence to suggest the masks can help prevent hand-to-mouth transmissions.


    Surgical masks were first introduced into hospitals in the late 18th Century but they did not make the transition into public use until the Spanish flu outbreak in 1919 that went on to kill over 50 million people.

    Dr David Carrington, of St George's, University of London, told BBC News "routine surgical masks for the public are not an effective protection against viruses or bacteria carried in the air", which was how "most viruses" were transmitted, because they were too loose, had no air filter and left the eyes exposed.


    But they could help lower the risk of contracting a virus through the "splash" from a sneeze or a cough and provide some protection against hand-to-mouth transmissions. A 2016 study from New South Wales suggested people touched their faces about 23 times an hour.

    Dr Jake Dunning, head of emerging infections and zoonoses at Public Health England, said: "Although there is a perception that the wearing of facemasks may be beneficial, there is in fact very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical setting."


    He said masks had to be worn correctly, changed frequently and got rid of safely if they were to work properly.
    Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses? - BBC News

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    Got to say the timing with Chinese New Year could be better, i have a feeling this one could run a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Where do you get this shit.
    It was widely publicised during the SARS outbreak.

    The virus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours, meaning people were prone to touching the mask to adjust it and then touching their eyes, or mouth and nose when the mask was removed.

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    China has expanded lockdowns to at least 10 cities in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
    The country is building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with the virus that has killed at least 26 people so far.

    https://www.lbcnews.co.uk/world-news/df937beeb0d9466f86a714e35731f6cb/

    A virologist in the country warned that the outbreak is already 'uncontrollable' in Wuhan - the city thought to be the epicentre of the illness, saying that he had to leave the area due to a 'jaw-dropping' lack of preventative measures being taken to stop the spread of the disease.

    https://www.ladbible.com/news/news-experts-warn-coronavirus-is-already-uncontrollable-20200124


    Chilling footage shows people collapsed in the streets as they're treated by medics in hazmat suits in Wuhan, China.
    People can be seen lying motionless on the ground in the city which has been placed on lockdown following the outbreak of a coronavirus outbreak.

    Wuhan pneumonia is the name for a new coronavirus which has struck down 41 people since breaking out in the Chinese city of Wuhan,which has been dubbed 'zombieland'. Now a harrowing video clip has been posted on Instagram showing medics in hazmat suits and gas masks tending to man dressed in a suit lying face down as passers-by look on.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/infected-people-seen-dead-streets-21347952

    BEIJING — A young, healthy man from Wuhan and a person living 1,500 miles from the epicenter of the coronavirus are among the latest victims of the outbreak, which has incited fear and anger across China as the important Spring Festival gets underway.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/healthy-young-man-dies-of-coronavirus-in-china-new-cases-in-japan-and-south-korea/2020/01/24/0cd41926-3e79-11ea-971f-4ce4f94494b4_story.html



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    Thailand’s 5th coronavirus case admitted to Rajvithi Hospital

    A female Chinese tourist from the city of Wuhan, who arrived in Thailand on January 21st, has been confirmed as the fifth coronavirus pneumonia patient in Thailand.


    Thailand’s Deputy Public Health Minister, Sathit Pitutecha, said he has visited the patient, who was admitted to Rajvithi Hospital on Thursday for medical treatment in a special ward for communicable diseases.


    The 33-year old patient, whose name was not released, still has slight fever, fatigue and a mild cough. Doctors are administering medication to ease her symptoms, said Mr. Sathit.

    The four other cases, all Chinese nationals, have already been discharged from hospital and have returned to China.


    The deputy public health minister asked the public to have confidence in the ability of the ministry to monitor the disease and in the treatment of patients.


    The state-run Rajvithi Hospital has made preparations to accommodate infectious patients by setting aside six special rooms, complete with special gowns, gloves, face masks for medical staff and medication.





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    Here in Mongolia the government as ordered the closure of all schools, be they run by the state or international. There is also talk of the borders being closed next week or even over the weekend. No work for me (well, at least no work with students) until March 2nd. I think it's not such a bad move, the normal flu plus the terrible pollution here has put several of my students in the ICU with pneumonia in the past, so I think this is a sensible precaution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Thailand’s Deputy Public Health Minister, Sathit Pitutecha, said he has visited the patient,
    To what purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    To what purpose?
    To deliver a basket of fruit.



    "Spanish flu outbreak in 1919 that went on to kill over 50 million people."

    Mother Nature's centural cull has started.

    Will it wipe out more or less than 50 million though.

    Or perhaps % wise, what % of the global population was 50 mill in 1919, and what number of people is that % today.

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    This is getting quite scary . . .

    Doctor dies from Wuhan virus at Hubei hospital - CNA

    Doctor dies from Wuhan virus at Hubei hospital

    WUHAN: A doctor at a hospital in China's Hubei province, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, has died from the virus, China Global Television Network reported in a tweet on Saturday (Jan 25).
    Liang Wudong, a doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital who had been at the front line of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city, died from the virus aged 62, it said.

    On Saturday, authorities in China announced the number of cases had surged to nearly 1,300 - the majority of which were in Hubei.
    Health officials in the province also revealed that 15 new deaths took place in Wuhan, bringing the total number of fatalities to 41 since the outbreak began.
    The disease has spread to 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
    Wuhan and 13 other cities in Hubei have been locked down in an unprecedented quarantine effort aimed at containing the deadly respiratory contagion, which has spread to several other countries.
    WUHAN: A doctor at a hospital in China's Hubei province, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, has died from the virus, China Global Television Network reported in a tweet on Saturday (Jan 25).
    Liang Wudong, a doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital who had been at the front line of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city, died from the virus aged 62, it said.

    On Saturday, authorities in China announced the number of cases had surged to nearly 1,300 - the majority of which were in Hubei.
    Health officials in the province also revealed that 15 new deaths took place in Wuhan, bringing the total number of fatalities to 41 since the outbreak began.
    The disease has spread to 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
    Wuhan and 13 other cities in Hubei have been locked down in an unprecedented quarantine effort aimed at containing the deadly respiratory contagion, which has spread to several other countries.

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