Corona Virus spreading ... US official says no need to worry

When the government tells me I don't need to worry, then I tend to think I really do need to be concerned. But at least one report is quoting some US health officials as saying there is no need for US citizens to worry.

We know there are 4 cases in the USA, 1 case in Canada.

The Canadian case is a man who arrived sick and is in the hospital in Toronto. Canadian health officials seemed to imply that they have probably contacted all the at risk people who may have been in contact with the Chinese national on the inbound flight.

In the US, there is 1 confirmed case in Washington State, 1 in Chicago, 2 in California. I believe all the cases are foreign nationals.

China has QUARANTINED roughly 60 MILLION PEOPLE by cutting off 16 (or more) cities. The epicenter is Wuhan, a city of 11 Million people, but the quarantine was put into place after roughly 5 million people left the city for the Lunar New Year celebration, which is the heaviest travel time in China and typically has more than 100,000,000 people traveling nationally + internationally for the week long holiday period.

Official sources say there are under 2000 cases worldwide, and approximately 50 deaths. The disease is being compared to the Spanish Flu, which killed millions just about 100 years ago, but this is considered far more dangerous.

UN-official sources suggest that at least 100,000 cases exist and the disease is spreading and mutating very quickly.

REUTERS SUMMARY:
http://news.trust.org/item/20200126105121-12mxo

China scrambles to contain 'strengthening' virus
(Adds comments from mayor of Wuhan)

* Coronavirus' transmission ability getting stronger

* Incubation 1-14 days, infectious during incubation

* China confirms 1,975 people infected, 56 dead

* U.S. to evacuate diplomatic staff, citizens from Wuhan

* China imposes temporary nationwide ban on sale of wildlife

By Gabriel D. Crossley and Cheng Leng

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The ability of the new coronavirus to spread is strengthening and infections could continue to rise, China's National Health Commission said on Sunday, with more than 2,000 people in China infected and 56 killed by the disease.

Health authorities around the world are racing to prevent a pandemic after a handful of cases of infection were reported outside China, including in Thailand, Australia, the United States and France.

The mayor of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, said he expected another 1,000 new patients in the city, which was stepping up construction of special hospitals.

The newly identified coronavirus has created alarm because much about it is still unknown, such as how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

China's National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei said the incubation period for the virus can range from one to 14 days, during which infection can occur, which was not the case with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

SARS was a coronavirus that originated in China and killed nearly 800 people globally in 2002 and 2003.

"According to recent clinical information, the virus' ability to spread seems to be getting somewhat stronger," Ma told reporters.

The Lunar New Year holiday, traditionally celebrated by hundreds of millions of Chinese travelling around the country and abroad to see family, began on Friday but has been severely disrupted by the outbreak.

Ma said China would intensify its containment efforts, which have so far included transportation and travel curbs and the cancellation of big events.

The country may extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a meeting hosted by Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

The virus, believed to have originated late last year in a seafood market in Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife, has spread to cities including Beijing and Shanghai. Hong Kong has six confirmed cases.

The World Health Organisation this week stopped short of calling the outbreak a global health emergency, but some health experts question whether China can contain the epidemic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping described the situation as "grave" on Saturday.

China confirmed 2,051 cases of infection as of 7 p.m. (1100 GMT) on Jan. 26, while the death toll from the virus remained at 56, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Health officials in Orange County, California, reported that a third case had been registered in the United States in a traveller from Wuhan, who was in isolation and in good condition.

On Saturday, Canada declared a first "presumptive" confirmed case in a resident who had returned from Wuhan. Australia confirmed its first four cases.

No fatalities have been reported outside China.

WILDLIFE SALES BAN

On Sunday, China temporarily banned nationwide the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants, and e-commerce platforms. Wild and often poached animals packed together in Chinese markets are blamed as incubators for viruses to evolve and jump the species barrier to humans.

Snakes, peacocks, crocodiles and other species can also be found for sale via Taobao, an e-commerce website run by Alibaba.

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society called on China to make the ban permanent.

The U.S. State Department said it will relocate personnel at its Wuhan consulate to the United States, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government was working with China to arrange a charter flight for Japanese nationals to return from Wuhan.

The outbreak has prompted widening curbs on movements within China, with Wuhan, a city of 11 million, on virtual lockdown and transport links all-but severed except for emergency vehicles.

CANCELLATIONS AND MISTRUST

Health authorities in Beijing urged people not to shake hands but instead salute using a traditional cupped-hand gesture. The advice was sent in a text message that went out to mobile phone users in the city on Sunday morning.

Beijing also postponed the reopening of the city's schools and universities after the Lunar New Year holiday, state radio reported. Hong Kong had already delayed the reopening of schools to Feb. 17.

China has called for transparency in managing the crisis, after a cover-up of the spread of the SARS virus eroded public trust, but officials in Wuhan have been criticised for their handling of the current outbreak.

"People in my hometown all suspect the real infected patients number given by authorities," said Violet Li, who lives in the Wuhan district where the seafood market is located.

Illustrating the extend of disruption to life in China, overall passenger travel declined by nearly 29% on Saturday, the first day of the Lunar New Year, from a year earlier, with air passengers down nearly 42%, a transportation ministry official said.

Many cinemas across China were closed with major film premieres postponed.

Cruise operators including Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Costa Cruises said they had cancelled a combined 12 cruises that had been scheduled to embark from Chinese ports before Feb. 2.

Hong Kong Disneyland and the city's Ocean Park were closed on Sunday. Shanghai Disneyland, which expected 100,000 visitors daily through the holiday period, has already closed.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China, although some health officials and experts have questioned the effectiveness of these efforts.
 
I too know people who suffered the long term effects of COVID. Unfortunately, there seems to be relief from the symptoms. Even though I was considered "high risk", it was the reported long haul symptoms of the disease that worried me more than actually catching the virus and why I was actually relieved after I got my second shot.
 
She is on our facilities Facebook page today.
The face of a survivor.
Playing Uno.
Can't tell you much more about her because of HIPAA.
😊
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I too know people who suffered the long term effects of COVID. Unfortunately, there seems to be NO relief from the symptoms. Even though I was considered "high risk", it was the reported long haul symptoms of the disease that worried me more than actually catching the virus and why I was actually relieved after I got my second shot.
I needed to edit my last post. The few people that I know who have long term effects from COVID aren't getting any better. They continue to struggle months and months after their "recovery". We just have to wait and see what the future holds.
 
I needed to edit my last post. The few people that I know who have long term effects from COVID aren't getting any better. They continue to struggle months and months after their "recovery". We just have to wait and see what the future holds.
This is one of the scary facts about this disease.

Yes most people seem to recover. But something around 10% only semi-recover. And they seem to be in miserable condition.

My friend, who got Covid almost a year ago, finally has recovered. At least mostly. I hope your friends do too.
 
Yes most people seem to recover. But something around 10% only semi-recover. And they seem to be in miserable condition.
Seems to be the case with my hunny bunny above.
We had many sent to St. V'S in Toledo, some came back on o2 ,a trach and vents.
ONE remains with us.😉
We lost Richard not long ago.
He was a heavy smoker.
Right now there are perhaps less than 10 residents who are showing long term effects like the brain fog and a little weakness.
We have an awesome PT team, so we're gradually getting there.
We've opened up to more family visits lately.
The difference it has made is truly something to celebrate.
 
It s so sad to hear what this disease has done to so many people. Outrage at our government and our friends in china is more than warranted.

I feel lucky I live in Missouri. Common sense runs most of the State.


I am 74 and healthy. I mean age fifty energy and health. Yet, I get the flu every year. This even if I get a shot, I get sick. Every year.
Last year, January/February, when COVID-19 was just coming on, I was again sick. Sicker than I have ever been. So sick, I didn't go to work. Never happened before.

No proof but we suspect from the symptoms, it was possibly COVID.

As a former paramedic, I still keep the tools of the trade with me. So luckily, I had O2 on hand. It is the only reason I survived the night.

I take a lot of supplements now. Zinc, Sera Vitol, Aswaganda and Ageless Male. That and the wife and I are again having relations. I cannot believe the difference in my vitality. One, or all, of these are to blame.
I am completely off my hypertension meds, and Advair for COPD.
Best of all. For the first time in years,,,, I didn't contract the flu. Any Flu. Not a cold or any malaise.

So give my COVID-19 shot to somebody else. They need it more than I do. I'll wear the mask but only because I want persons around me to feel safe. Besides, we still have several thousand of them in the warehouse.

Stay healthy friends, Stay loved, Stay safe.
 
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My daughter got her first shot today.

She got the Pfizer vaccine.

She is only 26, but qualified under the serious medical condition age exemption.

As a back up plan she also had another appointment set under the Medical Worker exemption because she is a licensed E.M.T. She will cancel that appointment to free up the slot for someone else.
 
Thanks for the encouragement. Fever and chills all day today. Now it's going away.
I had the Moderna and had a short period of chills during the night. Honestly not sure if it was vaccine related or if it was due to the fact that I sleep under heavy blankets and often kick them off.

In any case, chills is a common side effect. As PG noted, its your body's natural reaction to fight foreign substances. It is how immunity is built up.
 
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