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  1. #1
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    Are you concerned about the spread of Coronavirus in the world?

    The news is depressing and alarming but should we really be worried? Are you concerned about the spread of this virus?


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    Coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

    The only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218.

    There was also no major shift in the coronavirus's pattern of mortality or severity, according to the WHO.

    Hubei recorded 242 deaths on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.

    There was also a huge increase in cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed but most of this was down to Hubei using a broader definition to diagnose people, said Mike Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme.

    "This does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak," he said.

    Outside China there had been two deaths and 447 cases in 24 countries, he said.

    On Thursday Japan announced its first coronavirus death - a woman in her 80s who lived in Kanagawa, south-west of Tokyo.

    The woman's diagnosis was confirmed after her death and she had no obvious link to China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, Japanese media reported.

    What is happening on the Diamond Princess?
    The vessel is in quarantine in Yokohama. Not all the 3,700 people on board have been tested yet.

    People with the virus are taken to hospitals on land to be treated, while those on board are largely confined to their cabins.

    However on Thursday Japan said it would allow those aged 80 or over who have tested negative for the coronavirus to disembark.

    Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said they could be allowed off the ship as early as Friday but would have to stay in accommodation provided by the government, the Japan Times reported.

    Meanwhile another cruise ship - the MS Westerdam - carrying more than 2,000 people docked in Cambodia after being turned away by ports in Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand despite having no sick patients on board.

    What's behind the Hubei spike?
    Until Wednesday's increases, the number of people with the virus in Hubei was stabilising.

    The new cases and deaths in the province have pushed the national death toll above 1,350 with almost 60,000 infections in total.

    China sacked two top officials in Hubei province hours after the new figures were revealed.

    Mr Ryan, from the WHO, said the spike reflected a change in the way cases were diagnosed.

    Media captionMedics in Wuhan resort to shaving their heads in a bid to prevent cross-infection of the coronavirus
    "Most of these cases relate to a period going back over days and weeks and are retrospectively reported as cases since sometimes back to the beginning of the outbreak itself," he said.

    Only Hubei province - which accounts for more than 80% of overall Chinese infections - is using the new definition to diagnose new cases.

    The final members of a WHO team were expected to arrive in China over the weekend to investigate the epicentre of the outbreak, Mr Ryan said.



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    I wasnít a week ago coz i felt I was far from the epicenter but the delay in response has really caused a havoc esp for the Chinese citizens.

    I guess in a globalized world itís hard to not be worried anymore with pandemic issues.

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    I’m extremely concerned.
    For the loss of human lives and the economic repercussions this could have for each and every living human being.

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    concerned, not for myself but the vulnerable who are dying from this, it could be anyone's parents or kids, and thats a scary thought, especially now its reached my city.

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    I am kind of concerned actually. Over 1,000 people have died so far and many more are going to die most likely.

    I just hope that it will not spread to other countries. Outcome can be catastrophic.


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    Statistically speaking - is it that bad compared to car accidents etc?


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    I think there is some concern as whilst it is pretty tough to catch unless you are in China, there is that small possibility that you could be in contact with someone who has the virus.

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    The World Health Organisation will lead a mission to China this weekend to start investigating the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The group of 12 Chinese and 12 international members will focus on how the new coronavirus is spreading and its severity.

    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "The goal of the joint mission is to rapidly inform the next steps in the COVID-19 response and preparedness activities in China and globally."



    COVID-19 is the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus.

    "Particular attention will be paid to understanding transmission of the virus, the severity of disease and the impact of ongoing response measures," Mr Tedros added.

    There were 5,090 suspected new cases recorded in mainland China, Chinese authorities said on Friday

    It comes as people returning to Beijing were told they would be punished if they did not isolate themselves for two weeks to stop the spread of the virus.

    City authorities, quoted in the Beijing Daily newspaper, said: "From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving.

    "Those who refuse to accept home or centralised observation and other prevention and control measures will be held accountable under law."

    Anybody returning to the Chinese capital will have to submit travel plans to their community in advance, the notice said.

    It was unclear how this would affect foreign visitors arriving from outside China.

    About 500 million people in China are affected by travel restrictions, as more cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, imposed lockdowns this week in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.

    Last week President Xi Jinping warned top officials efforts to contain the virus had gone too far and were threatening the economy.

    People returned from the Chinese New Year holiday on Monday, but cities remain empty, with Shanghai and Beijing's streets and subways largely deserted, with many shops and restaurants empty or shut.

    Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where the outbreak began, is under the most severe lockdown, with all public transport, taxis and ride-hailing services shut down.

    Volunteer drivers are risking their own health by secretly ferrying medical staff and those in vital jobs to and from work after responding to requests on messaging groups.

    Others are desperately trying to find accommodation for medical workers, many who have come from across China.




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    The spread outside China has been quite limited and so not concerned at all for my near and dear ones.
    However, as a medic, any such epidemic is a cause for concern.

    The Chinese authorities appear to have 'shut down' Wuhan city/ Hubei province - it is far easier for them to do. Imagine if the infection had started in a meat market in London or New York. No way could the authorities have imposed the restrictions that the Chinese have applied. So the spread would have become far greater and certainly more international. On the other hand, fewer victims would have died in view of better medical care. At present there have been 3 deaths outside China from 5-600 cases. But the death rate in China is much higher - around 3%.

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    I think the victims are likely to be people with a weak immune system. Chinese people usually donít have a strong immune system

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    I think the victims are likely to be people with a weak immune system. Chinese people usually don’t have a strong immune system
    All but one of the nine patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus have been discharged from hospital after testing negative twice.

    NHS England and NHS Improvement said that the last of the people who were isolated at Arrowe Park on Merseyside after returning from China have now left the hospital.

    They were kept at the facility for two weeks after returning to the UK on a flight from China as they were monitored for COVID-19 - the disease caused by the coronavirus.

    More than 100 remain at the Kents Hill Park Hotel, in Milton Keynes.

    Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director, said: "The last guests have left Arrowe Park hospital and I would once again like to thank them for the calm, patient and responsible way that they have responded to what must have been a trying situation.

    "Over the coming weeks many more of us may need to spend time at home to reduce the spread of the virus and they have set a great example.

    "I would like to thank all those NHS staff and partners, as well as Public Health England, who have worked so hard to make their stay as comfortable as possible, those still caring for guests in Milton Keynes and all the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who have successfully treated patients at other hospitals.

    "We must not forget the local residents, council staff, volunteers and numerous others who have rallied round to help our guests in their time of need. Thank you all."

    It comes after the first death from the virus was confirmed in France, where a Chinese tourist died in hospital in Paris.

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    Not concerned. More people have died from Common Cold and Alcohol than this ***** scaremongering virus ever will come close to.

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    ore than 1700 people have died in China because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese city Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus which has now spread to over 25 countries. But did you know a fiction book predicted the Wuhan virus around 40 years ago?

    A thriller novel The Eyes of Darkness, written by Dean Koontz in 1981, mentioned a virus named Wuhan-400. In the novel, the virus was created as a weapon in a laboratory.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/trending-n...261-2020-02-17


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    Apart from health risk there is are also economic and financial implications at least in the short term which might have a knock on effect as China is such a large figure.

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    Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Regulatory officials in China announced Monday that they have approved the antiviral favilavir for use in the treatment of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

    The approval by the National Medical Products Administration was based on the drug's efficacy against the virus in clinical trials started in response to the ongoing outbreak, which has sickened more than 70,000 people globally. The vast majority of the cases have been identified in Hubei province, China.

    Specific results of the clinical trial involving favilavir, formerly known as fapilavir, have not been released. The drug was tested in 70 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection in the city of Shenzhen.

    The drug, developed in China by Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical Company originally to treat catarrhal, or inflammation of the nose and throat, is one of three currently being investigated for possible use in the treatment of COVID-19.

    The company has begun producing the drug in large quantities to meet the demand created by the outbreak, though it is not the only one being investigated for use against COVID-19.

    Another drug option, remdesivir, is being developed by U.S. drugmaker Gilead. Originally intended to treat Ebola virus, remdesivir has reportedly been used to treat one American sickened with COVID-19, and the patient in question has recovered fully.

    However, the drug is still undergoing clinical trials and has not yet been approved to treat either COVID-19 or Ebola.

    Meanwhile, doctors in South Korea have reported that they have used the HIV combination drug lopinavir plus ritonavir -- marketed as Kaletra -- to successfully treat COVID-19 in a 54-year-old patient.

    Researchers in China have also asked patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma for possible use as the basis of a new treatment for the virus. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization's Emergencies Program, said Monday the approach, known as hyperimmune globulin therapy, has been used for decades to in the treatment of viral diseases, including diphtheria.

    The theory is that those who have recovered from viral infections have antibodies against the disease in their blood, and that those antibodies can be passed on to others who have been infected via transfusion, providing their immune system with a needed "boost," he explained. However, the key to its effectiveness is timing -- transfusions need to be performed early enough in the course of the disease for the antibodies to work.

    Chinese researchers started clinical trials of the approach in COVID-19 patients last week."It's an important area to pursue, but it's not always successful," Ryan added.


    https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2020...5291581953892/


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