Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Coronavirus Updates

By Timothy Gamble 

2-12-2020 -  China announced it is changing the way it reports official coronavirus cases. They will no longer report asymptomatic cases (showing no symptoms) that test positive for the virus. The reason given is to avoid wasting a second test kit to confirm the diagnosis. Asymptomatic patients can be carriers of the virus and infect others, despite showing no symptoms. 

This change in reporting will further suppress the official numbers of cases and deaths being reported by China. China is already severely under-reporting its official numbers. The official death toll from the Wuhan Coronavirus has risen to 1,117, all but two in mainland China, with over 45,000 officially confirmed cases. Many experts are suggesting that the real numbers are closer to 200,000 cases and nearing 5,000 deaths, based on unofficial information and evidence being leaked out of China.

How is the Wuhan Coronavirus spread? It is now known that this virus can be spread by person-to-person contact, aerosol (meaning through the air), eating tainted food, and through fecal matter.

Medical researchers in China now claim an incubation period of up to 24 days for the Wuhan Coronavirus, meaning that it could take someone that long from exposure to the virus until showing symptoms. This is ten days longer than was previously reported. Also, the researchers found that the virus can survive up to 9 days on tainted surfaces, four days longer than previously thought.  

Worldwide Death Toll: 1,117 (1,015 in China, 1 in Hong Kong, 1 in the Philippines)

Confirmed Cases in US: 13

States with Confirmed Cases: Washington (1), Illinois (2), Arizona (1), California (7), Massachusetts (1), Wisconsin (1)

Countries with Confirmed Cases: China, Hong Kong, United States, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan,  Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Finland, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, the UK, and the Philippines. 

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

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