Saturday, February 1, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Updates for Saturday, Feb. 1

By Timothy Gamble

Update 2:00 PM: A Boston, Massachusetts, man has become the eighth person daignosed with Wuhan Coronavirus in the US. He recently return from a trip to China. 

A seventh case of Wuhan Coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the third case in California. The the patient, a Santa Clara County man, recently returned from a trip to China. The CDC says it is still unclear if the man was infectious during his return flight. He is currently self-quarantined at his home. 

China has raised its official death toll to 259, although most experts believe the real number is much higher. The Wuhan Coronavirus continues to spread globally, with Russia, Sweden, Spain, and the UK being the most recent among 29 countries now reporting confirmed cases.

On Friday, the US officials declared a public health emergency, and announced various measures, including certain travel restrictions. The CDC had also previously decided to expand the screening of travelers from the 5 airports already being screened to 20 airports in the US. A full listing of those airports can be found by clicking here

Medical face masks are becoming increasingly difficult to find at retailers and on Amazon, as increased news coverage of the outbreak drives more buying. There is no true shortage of the face masks, and the masks are being restocked, but quickly sell out again. This is a supply-chain problem caused by all retailers trying to restock at the same time. Expect supplies to remain sporadic for the near future. (Click here for the medical face masks page on Amazon.)

Worldwide Death Toll: 259 (all in China)
Confirmed Cases in US: 8
States with Confirmed Cases: Washington (1), Illinois (2), Arizona (1), California (3), Massachusetts (1)
Countries with Confirmed Cases: China, United States, Canada
Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Finland, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, the UK, and the Philippines. 

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

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