Friday, February 7, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Update for Friday, Feb. 7

By Timothy Gamble 

2-7-2020 - The official death toll from the Wuhan Coronavirus has risen to 638, with over 31,500 officially confirmed cases. In reality, both numbers are likely much higher, as there is consensus among epidemiology experts that China is severely under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak. Testimony of medical personnel in China, as well as photos and videos, continue to leak out and confirm a much worse situation than the Chinese government is admitting.

In the United States, there are 12 confirmed cases in six states, with no deaths. Tests results are still pending on several dozen other patients. 

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in New Jersey this morning, with four passengers taken Newark’s University Hospital “out of caution,” officials said. Dozens of passengers had been screened for coronavirus after one passenger, who had just come from China, began running a fever. No other information is available at this time.

Various news agencies are running reports on possible shortages of not just surgical face masks, but many other medical and first aid supplies. This is due not only to increased buying from the public due to the outbreak, but also because many medical supplies are manufactured in China, often in the regions now locked down due to the virus. This means it is becoming increasing difficult for Amazon and other retailers to restock items once they sell out.(Click here for the Medical and First Aid supplies page on Amazon.)
Worldwide Death Toll: 638 (636 in China, 1 in Hong Kong, 1 in the Philippines)
Confirmed Cases in US: 12
States with Confirmed Cases: Washington (1), Illinois (2), Arizona (1), California (6), 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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