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A man from Wuhan has died in the Philippines.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/worl ... tw-nytimes
A 44-year-old man in the Philippines has died of the coronavirus, health officials said on Sunday, making him the first known death outside China. The man, a resident of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus, died on Saturday after developing what officials called “severe pneumonia.”

“This is the first known death of someone with 2019-nCoV outside of China,” the World Health Organization’s office in the Philippines said in a statement, using the technical shorthand for the coronavirus.

Philippine health officials said the man had arrived in the country on Jan. 21 with a 38-year-old woman who remains under observation.

“In his last few days, the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement,” said the health secretary, Francisco Duque III. “However, the condition of the patient deteriorated within his last 24 hours, resulting in his demise.”
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China reports an outbreak of a different sort: bird flu.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/worl ... tw-nytimes
The Ministry of Agriculture said late Saturday that a fresh outbreak of a lethal form of influenza had been found in poultry in the southern province of Hunan, and that officials had ordered the slaughter of 17,828 chickens.

China has previously dealt with several bird flu outbreaks, the most recent in April 2019. In the new case, the H5N1 bird flu virus was found at a farm in the city of Shaoyang. The farm had 7,850 chickens, and more than half have died from the bird flu, the ministry said. It called the strain “highly pathogenic.”

Although bird flu poses more of a danger to poultry than humans — it is not easily transmissible among people — the World Health Organization has called on countries to be on guard because the virus can mutate into a transmissible form and has the potential to cause a pandemic.

The latest outbreak comes as China grapples with an African swine fever epidemic that has infected tens of thousands of pigs. It could stoke more worries among its people about the country’s food supply.
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The Huoshenshan temporary field hospital in Wuhan

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As Hong Kong has its first case of human to human transmission-


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A new hope?

Cocktail of flu, HIV drugs appears to help fight coronavirus: Thai doctors

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-chin ... ce=twitter
Thai doctors have seen success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with combination of medications for flu and HIV, with initial results showing vast improvement 48 hours after applying the treatment, they said on Sunday.

The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said a new approach in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of several patients under their care, including one 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive for the coronavirus for 10 days.

The drug treatment includes a mixture of anti-HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, in combination with flu drug oseltamivir in large doses.

“This is not the cure, but the patient’s condition has vastly improved. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours,” Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at Rajavithi, told reporters.
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I like pork. Did you know that Smithfield, which bought Hormel, is now owned by a Chinese company? The major pork producers in the US are now Chinese owned. When I heard the news a couple of years ago, I was concerned because of China’s well-known (to American companies who do business there) “let the buyer beware” philosophy. Now with the new swine and chicken outbreaks I’m convinced China’s food management policies are dangerous and I’m afraid of them bringing those dangerous practices here. It’s so easy to say no to food safety.

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kate520 wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:41 am
Talk me down?
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1055451
Trump administration allows pork slaughterhouses to have fewer USDA inspectors
The new rule also allows plants to run their processing lines as fast as they like.
The Trump administration will allow pork plants to reduce the number of Department of Agriculture line inspectors assigned to them and run their slaughter lines without any speed limit under a new rule intended to modernize an antiquated inspection system. But the changes have alarmed consumer advocates who believe the rule will make food less safe and endanger workers.

The new rule will let factory workers, rather than USDA inspectors, remove unsuitable carcasses and trim defects in plants that opt into the new inspection system. USDA inspectors will still examine the carcasses, but they will be stationed farther down the line, and off-line inspectors will be roaming the factory to conduct other kinds of safety checks.
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Exactamundo! If one reads any of the ‘I Went Undercover at a Slaughterhouse’ exposés, one knows that management doesn’t give two shits about the consumer. Their attitude is that the ‘market’ will expose the weak and the strong will clamber over their backs and it will all shake out. What that means in reality is...’meh, who cares as long as the money is good?’ So diseased livestock is dumped over the nearest railing and left to rot until someone has time to dispose of the carcass. Just about the same sanitary conditions as the Chinese Wet Markets.

In the meantime, people real people get sick and die.

Good times ahead, oh boy. Maybe trump likes shithole countries and wants one for himself.
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kate520 wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:41 am
I like pork. Did you know that Smithfield, which bought Hormel, is now owned by a Chinese company? The major pork producers in the US are now Chinese owned. When I heard the news a couple of years ago, I was concerned because of China’s well-known (to American companies who do business there) “let the buyer beware” philosophy. Now with the new swine and chicken outbreaks I’m convinced China’s food management policies are dangerous and I’m afraid of them bringing those dangerous practices here. It’s so easy to say no to food safety.

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From Newsweek, September 2019 -
Trump Administration's New Hog Slaughterhouse Rules May Risk 'More Contamination and Food Safety Recalls'

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced updates on Tuesday to the nation's hog slaughterhouse inspection procedures that critics warn yield more oversight to the industry and could endanger workers and consumers.

The new USDA rules will enable meat companies to dictate their own pace when it comes to the killing of livestock by removing maximum limits on line speed. They also increase the delegation of inspection responsibilities to local plant employees, who do not undergo the same training as government officials.

Food safety and worker advocates quickly decried the changes, saying they will result in "the fox guarding the henhouse."

"With less government oversight over hog slaughter inspection, big meat companies will have the freedom to inspect themselves and push towards their goal of increasing line speeds," the nonprofit Food & Water Watch said in a statement. "There's no doubt about it: faster line speeds + less inspection = more food contamination."
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Virus Pummels Wuhan, a City Short of Supplies and Overwhelmed
It is nearly impossible to get the care they need to treat, or even diagnose, the coronavirus, say residents at the crisis’ center.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/worl ... wuhan.html
Last month, the government put Wuhan in a virtual lockdown, sealing off the city and banning most public transportation and private cars from its streets in a desperate effort to contain the outbreak. Now, many residents say it is nearly impossible to get the health care they need to treat — or even diagnose — the coronavirus.

Expressing exasperation, doctors say there is a shortage of testing kits and other medical supplies, and it is not clear why more are not available. The ban on transportation means some residents have to walk for hours to get to hospitals — if they are well enough to make the journey. Layers of bureaucracy stand between residents and help. And the long lines outside hospitals for testing and treatment suggest that the outbreak is spreading far beyond the official count of cases.

Ambulances, too, are hard to come by, residents say. In recent days, some say they have called 120, China’s equivalent of the emergency number 911, only to be told that there were already hundreds of people in the queue.

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“Those who can get diagnosed and treated are the lucky ones,” Mr. Long said. “In our neighborhood, many who weren’t able to get diagnosed ended up dying at home.”
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The above calls into question the reliability of China's number but here are the latest-

14490
confirmed
19544
Suspect
304
death
434
cure
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update for mainland China--

17238
confirmed
21558
Suspect
2296
Severe
361
death
475
cure

This has increased quite a bit from the last one.
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pipistrelle wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:15 am
I feel like there's more panic about the panic than about the disease.

This popped up.

Point taken, but somebody is pretty bad at math. :fingerwag:
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This is the result of America being the only country sending planes to evacuate its citizens without any medical supplies to help fight the outbreak.
China declines to comment on delay of US evacuation flight
The Chinese government on Monday declined to comment on the delay of the second US evacuation flight to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, after slamming Washington’s response to the epidemic as an overreaction that fanned global hysteria.

When asked by CNN if the delay of the charter’s arrival in Wuhan is related to Beijing’s displeasure over the US response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “The US was the first to evacuate its consulate staff in Wuhan via charter flight. Relevant arrangements must be coordinated based on a variety of factors including Wuhan airport capacity to receive supplies.”

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Sluffy1 wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:10 am
Relevant arrangements must be coordinated based on a variety of factors including Wuhan airport capacity to receive supplies.”
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Does Wuhan have any dirt on the Bidens to offer for supplies?

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/02/heal ... china.html
The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe, according to many of the world’s leading infectious disease experts.

The prospect is daunting. A pandemic — an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents — may well have global consequences, despite the extraordinary travel restrictions and quarantines now imposed by China and other countries, including the United States.

Scientists do not yet know how lethal the new coronavirus is, however, so there is uncertainty about how much damage a pandemic might cause. But there is growing consensus that the pathogen is readily transmitted between humans.

The Wuhan coronavirus is spreading more like influenza, which is highly transmissible, than like its slow-moving viral cousins, SARS and MERS, scientists have found.
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I kept wondering what triggered this virus. After sifting through the net at some obscene hour this morning, it appears that it started in snakes in Central China. Kraits and Cobras, to be exact. It seems those are sold for human consumption in that part of the country.
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ZekeB wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:13 pm
I kept wondering what triggered this virus. After sifting through the net at some obscene hour this morning, it appears that it started in snakes in Central China. Kraits and Cobras, to be exact. It seems those are sold for human consumption in that part of the country.
Latest thinking and evidence suggest not a snake but now bats. Very interesting read.

Coronavirus Outbreak Emerged from Bats, Genomic Findings Suggest
Julianna LeMieux, PhD - January 31, 2020 | https://www.genengnews.com/news/coronav ... s-suggest/
Many questions remain, weeks into the coronavirus outbreak. Given the early and close linkage of the outbreak to a Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China—which also sold animals such as birds and rabbits—the identification of the host of the virus and the route it took into humans has emerged as one of the biggest, earliest questions. Thanks to several Chinese research teams who performed genomic analysis on viruses isolated from patients, the puzzle pieces are coming together. The novel coronavirus, nCoV-2019, has been linked to bats.
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During the SARS-CoV outbreak in 2003, scientists and epidemiologists were true detectives, working to uncover which animal acted as the natural reservoir for the virus. In their search, they tested multiple animals, including hog badgers, Chinese hares, beavers, cats, and civets. The first results linked SARS to civet cats—a conclusion that lasted for about a year, until it was overturned by the discovery that bats carry coronaviruses. Indeed, further genomic analysis revealed that horseshoe bats are the true reservoir of SARS.

Given that the groundwork had been laid, finding the reservoir of nCoV-2019, a virus closely related to SARS, was a far shorter road to travel. And, the finding is not surprising. Since bats were shown to be the carrier of SARS in 2003, not only have many severe acute respiratory syndrome related coronaviruses (SARSr-CoV) been isolated from bats, the mammals have been recognized as the natural reservoir for over 100 other viruses including MERS, Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Hendra virus, and Nipah virus, to name a few.
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Why do bats harbor and spread so many viruses? There are a few reasons that may contribute to this unique characteristic. As reviewed in the article, “Going batty: Studying natural reservoirs to inform drug development”, Wudan Yan noted that bats’ high-density lifestyle sets up a perfect storm of viral transmission. Another contributing factor may be the tremendous diversity in and among the bat species, which accounts for roughly 20% of all mammals. Also, bats fly, traveling with their viruses to more areas than most mammals. In addition, flight creates an increased innate immune response and body temperature, two other factors that may create the ability to host viruses that would kill other hosts.

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Yes, the Netflix show Pandemic chronicles researchers around the world who monitor these things. There is a team in Egypt that actually braves bat caves and takes regular samples to monitor what bats are carrying around. I heard elsewhere that bats, while carriers, aren't impacted by many of these viruses as there is some mechanism (researchers believe) in the ability to fly that counteracts actual infections. Science.
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People are still starting to have symptoms who were infected before the lockdown.

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New Numbers for Mainland China-

19690
confirmed

21558
Suspect

2296
Severe

425
deaths

623
cured

Worldwide-

- 19,843 confirmed cases worldwide
- 21,558 suspected cases
- 426 fatalities
- 2,654 in serious/critical condition
- 576 recovered in China
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Google translation-
Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province became the second largest epidemic area in Wuhan with pneumonia, and the epidemic situation intensified. Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, outside Hubei Province, became the second largest epidemic area. Conflict among local police and civilians continues.
This could spin out of control spreading the virus more quickly. :?
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Spread of coronavirus spurs concern across the metro

https://www.cbs46.com/news/spread-of-co ... 203df.html
Worried parents at Northview High School tell CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy that a student's parent had just come back from China and feeling ill, when their concerns of coronavirus began to grow.

Jamie reached out to the school who said that there are no confirmed cases at Northview.

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A similar situation at Georgia Tech prompted the school's health department to release a statement saying that there have been no confirmed cases at the university.

Spring in Atlanta is one of the city's biggest Chinese festivals, now cancelled because of the virus.
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