Sunday, February 9, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Update for Sunday, Feb. 9

By Timothy Gamble 

2-9-2020 -  Chinese officials have announced that the Wuhan Coronavirus can spread through aerosol, meaning people can be infected by touching tainted objects, such as escalator handrails, elevator buttons, shared phones, and shared computer keyboards, and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. Experts are also saying the virus can survive up to 5 days on surfaces.

The official death toll from the Wuhan Coronavirus has risen to 814 (topping SARS 2002/2003), with over 37,500 officially confirmed cases. The reality is much worse in China, as most epidemiology experts agree that China is severely under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak. 

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

Worldwide Death Toll: 814 (812 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.

AD:   Alton's Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman's Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings, by Dr. Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP.

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