Coronavirus 2019-2020 thread (no unsubstantiated rumours!)

It very obviously is an issue. If it is a non-issue then why the health warnings at airports and train stations?
thank you;

I asked because I had repeatedly read in this forum about allegedly false anti-Chinese campaigns like, quote, Uighur camps, end of quote just to say what I mean (and not to discuss if Uighur camps are, or aren't false or nothing)
very interesting from propaganda perspective is the fifth paragraph of
Vigilance needed on Wuhan pneumonia
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"Western media have been covering the case more timely than those in China. The capability to strengthen timely information of major events in their early stages needs to be built in all parts of China. Doing so would help increase the public's confidence in the face of complexities."
The Latest: Wuhan establishes headquarters for pneumonia control
Xinhua| 2020-01-21 11:25:11
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Wuhan virus kills fourth patient, infects hospital staff amid fear of ‘super-spreader’
  • Priority now to stop emergence of ‘super-spreader’, with one carrier already infecting more than a dozen medical staff, specialist says
  • Authorities in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, report a fourth death and 15 infections among hospital staff
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by the way I've never figured how doctors protect themselves while they need to carefully check a patient at the same time if you know what I'm saying, well personally I admire doctors
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interestingly, on top of right now (
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anyway I ask where are the blackboxes (an airliner has two as far as I know)

plus I note what I found ironic which is the plane headed to Ukraine (as Trump's "perfect" call in June)
and they used the Tor according to
Updated on January 21, 2020, 12:41 AM GMT+1
Iran Says Ukrainian Jet Was Downed by Two Short-Range Missiles
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Death toll is up to six now and 300 are confirmed infected.

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Officials in China are racing to contain the spread of a
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that has left at least six people dead and sickened almost 300, after it was
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Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the
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was first detected, announced a series of new measures Tuesday, including the cancellation of upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people.

Tour agencies have been banned from taking groups out of Wuhan and the number of thermal monitors and screening areas in public spaces will be increased. Traffic police will also conduct spot checks on private vehicles coming in and out of the city to look for live poultry or wild animals, after the virus was linked to a seafood and live animal market, according to a report by state media outlet the People's Daily, citing Wuhan's Municipal Health Commission.

The new measures come after Chinese President Xi Jinping
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"resolute efforts to curb the spread" of the virus Monday.

There are now fears, however, that efforts to contain it are coming too late, hampered by a slow-moving Chinese bureaucracy which failed to put sufficient measures in place in time.

In the coming days, hundreds of millions of Chinese are expected to begin traveling across the country and overseas as the annual Lunar New Year break gets fully underway, compounding concerns of a further spike in cases.
Though infections were first detected in Wuhan in mid-December, infrared temperature screening areas were not installed in the city's airports and stations until January 14, according to state media.

On Tuesday, China's National Health Commission announced that it had received 291 confirmed cases of the
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, with 77 new cases reported on January 20.

According to the National Health Commission, patients have been identified as having the virus in Hubei province -- where Wuhan is located (270 cases); Beijing (five cases); Guangdong province (14 cases); and Shanghai (two cases). Suspected cases have also been reported in Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi and Shandong provinces.

The death toll rose to six Tuesday evening, after the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission confirmed that a 66-year-old male and a 48-year-old female died on January 20.

It added that 60 new cases were confirmed by the end of Monday in Wuhan city, where a 15-year-old is the youngest to be infected.

Beyond China, the outbreak has so far spread as far as Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Taiwan discovered the island's first case at Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan's Center for Disease Control said Tuesday.

It said a woman traveling from Wuhan complained to health workers that she felt ill after stepping off her flight. She was put in isolation where further tests confirmed she had contracted the virus, the agency added.

The patient in South Korea told officials there she had developed a fever and muscle pains on Saturday and was prescribed cold medicine by a doctor in Wuhan, before being sent on her way.

Despite initial reports that the virus was unlikely to spread between humans,
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there is "definitely human-to-human transmission." One patient is believed to have infected as many as 14 medical staff in one hospital, suggesting the disease can be spread far more easily than previously thought.

The specter of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that ripped through Asia in 2002 and 2003, has loomed large over discussion of the current virus.

During the SARS outbreak, Chinese authorities initially downplayed the dangers and censored coverage, preventing people from realizing the severity of the virus and taking action in time to stop its spread.

Zhong Nanshan, an expert with China's National Health Commission who is investigating the Wuhan virus,
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that while it is not as serious as SARS, the number of people with the disease was "climbing" and suggested that the "death rate at the moment is not so representative."

A study by researchers in the UK estimated that the number of infections in Wuhan is
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, with the real number closer to 1,700, based on the spread of the virus to other cities and countries in a relatively short period of time.

Even before cases were detected in other countries, the efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus were international. Wuhan alone has connections to dozens of overseas destinations, and Beijing and Shanghai have hundreds more.

Airports across Asia have stepped up temperature screening of incoming passengers, as have several hubs in the US with connections to Wuhan, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With all indications that the virus has a relatively slow incubation time, however, these efforts may be insufficient to stop its spread.

"You cannot absolutely prevent entry into the country of a disease like this. The incubation period is probably a week," Australia's chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy,
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. "It's about identifying those with a high risk and making sure people with a high risk know about it and know how to get medical attention."

In the US, the National Institutes of Health is working on a vaccine for the new virus, though it will take at least a few months until the first phase of clinical trials get underway and more than a year until a vaccine might be available.
Scientists in Texas, New York and China are also at work on a vaccine, according to Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

"The lesson we've learned is coronavirus infections are serious and one of the newest and biggest global health threats," Hotez told CNN.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it would convene an emergency meeting on Wednesday to determine whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of "international concern" and what recommendations should be made to help manage its spread.