New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds' - its now in the USA

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There have been more than 60 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, but UK experts estimate a figure nearer 1,700.

Two people are known to have died from the respiratory illness, which appeared in Wuhan city in December.

"I am substantially more concerned than I was a week ago," disease outbreak scientist Prof Neil Ferguson, said.

The work was conducted by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, which advises bodies including the UK government and the World Health Organization (WHO).
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U.S. has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus — here’s what you need to know .
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The Wuhan coronavirus — a respiratory illness spreading in China, where it has infected more than 200 people and killed at least six people — is now in the U.S.

A man in his 30s — who is a U.S. resident and had recently traveled from Wuhan, China, to his home in Washington State’s Snohomish County — is the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the states.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press briefing on Tuesday, the man did not experience symptoms while traveling home on January 15. On January 19, however, he was feeling ill and, aware of reports of the coronavirus in China where he had just visited, the man proactively sought medical help. The sample he provided, which was sent overnight to the CDC for testing, came back positive for the virus. The man was transferred to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., last night, and is currently in isolation.

“The risk to the general public is low,” Chris Spitters, MD, the interim health officer for Washington’s Snohomish Health District, said at the CDC press conference Tuesday. “No one wants to be the first in the nation in these types of situ

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A suburban Seattle man remains the only known US resident with a mysterious new virus

SEATTLE — Public health officials here are monitoring at least 16 people who were in close contact with a man from a nearby suburb, the nation's first person infected with a new global respiratory virus after a trip to China.

The new, deadly coronavirus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan, has so far infected more than 540 and killed at least 17, according to Chinese authorities. Wuhan officials have halted air and train travel from the city and closed public transportation. The virus has spread to Beijing, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

There's only one known case in the United States, the unidentified Snohomish County man in his 30s who returned from Wuhan last week and became ill.

County and federal health officials began the painstaking work of tracking the man's travel and contacting individuals who shared flights, public transportation or otherwise came in close contact with him. Some health care workers who treated the man at a local clinic were asked to stay home and monitor for symptoms.

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If you are in Chicagoland.

CDC confirms second US case of coronavirus and is monitoring 63 other possible infections

U.S. health officials said Friday they diagnosed a second patient with the China coronavirus — a Chicago woman who returned from Wuhan with the infection, and they are monitoring 63 other potential cases here.

The cases being monitored in the U.S. stretch across 22 states, including the first patient in Washington state and the new case in Illinois, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Officials said the new patient, a woman in her 60s, is doing well and is in stable condition. She remains isolated in a hospital as a precaution, U.S. health officials said. The Illinois patient traveled to China in late December and began experiencing symptoms when she returned to the U.S. last week, officials said. She did not have symptoms while flying, they said.

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Wuhan coronavirus lockdown: 'We've got enough food to last 10 days



Wuhan-native Ms Feng, 25, returned home from Beijing to Wuhan for the Chinese New Year on Wednesday. On the high-speed rail, the atmosphere felt eerie.

The Spring Festival is the world's biggest annual human migration, and the station should have been full of people. But, instead, it was empty.

"When we arrived at Wuhan, 90% of the passengers wore face masks. Nobody talked and it was quite horrifying," she said.

In the early hours of the next day, authorities announced they were putting Wuhan under lockdown - and it was at this moment that Ms Feng realised the severity of the situation.

"I thought it was under control, but the reality was the otherwise."

Now, she is wracked with anxiety, regretting having made the trip home: how is she going to get back to work in Beijing after the holiday ends? What if she is infected with the virus? And will she be quarantined even if she somehow manages to get back to Beijing?

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China says virus can spread before symptoms show -- calling into question US strategy to contain virus

China’s health minister Dr. Ma Xiaowei had some very bad news Sunday about the Wuhan coronavirus: He said people can spread it before they have symptoms.

A veteran adviser for a US health agency called the news a "game changer."

“When I heard this, I thought, ‘oh dear, this is worse than we anticipated.’ It means the infection is much more contagious than we originally thought,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a longtime adviser to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Schaffner added that this new piece of information called into question the current US practices for containing the virus so it doesn’t spread beyond the three cases that have already appeared in Washington state, California, and Illinois.

“Assuming that Dr. Ma is correct, we’re going to have to re-evaluate our strategy, that’s for sure,” said Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

If Ma is correct – and information about this virus is constantly evolving -- for about two weeks, people who don’t even know they’re sick can spread the virus, which has killed more than 50 people in China and infected thousands.

The disease has spread as far as France, Canada, and the US, which now has three cases in California, Washington state, and Illinois.

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Author: Protect yourself against coronavirus infection with one simple step

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, told Yahoo Finance that despite swelling panic over the spread of coronavirus, people should be “realistic” about the infection and the protections they employ against it.

“One of the smart ways to approach thinking about ‘how do you protect yourself,’ is to ask, well, when somebody here in the office has a common cold, and they’re sneezing all over the place, how do you make yourself not get the cold?” asked Garrett, the author of “The Coming Plague,” a book about emerging deadly diseases.

“Social distancing; that’s step number one. Keep your distance from other people” in order to avoid contracting or spreading an infection, Garrett told “The Final Round.” Cleanliness and personal hygiene is also of utmost concern, she added.

“For yourself, think of your hands as your number one problem: anything you touch that’s a common surface,” the author said, explaining that the same principle governs why people are discouraged from sharing utensils or cups.

“Here, in New York City, we think about the subways, we think about how we move around in the city; the answer, if you’re nervous, is wear gloves. Then take your gloves and wash them at night,” Garrett said. “If it’s socially required to shake hands, wash your hands afterwards.”