CORONAVIRUS Outbreak In Wuhan, China

Notwithstanding the rising number of coronavirus cases and the dozens of deaths, public health experts say there is no ground for panic. The common flu kills approximately 35,000 people a year and hospitalizes about 200,000 in the United States alone.

Hopefully, the experts are right, and there’s no reason to grab family and friends and move to Mohave Desert. At least, not yet. On the other hand, I don’t think we should wait for the death-toll of the newest coronavirus to reach 35,000 before we start to worry. So, to all ladies and gentlemen wearing lab coats: Step on it!


I decided to drop the Johns Hopkins corona tracker and switch to Worldometer’s COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC tracker. It’s not as good looking as the one from Johns Hopkins but provides more information.

  • Currently Infected Patients (Active Cases)
  • Patients in Mild Condition
  • Patients in Serious or Critical Condition
  • Closed Cases (Recovered / Discharged and Deaths)

Data on testing at The COVID Tracking Project. (US totals and state by state numbers.)

It’s also a good idea to read this article: Evidence over hysteria — COVID-19. (It looks like this post was taken down by Medium. Will see if it come back.) The material is still on at this location.

If you rather use tracker from Johns Hopkins, use this link. Remember, however, that in order to get the number of people presently infected (active cases) you must subtract “Total Deaths” and “Total Recovered” from “Total Confirmed”.

Dr. Chris Martenson on coronavirus outbreak:

His approach is a little scary.

Published on Jan 24, 2020

Published on Jan 25, 2020

Sarah Boseley on coronavirus outbreak:

She represents a more calm look at the outbreak

Published on Jan 23, 2020

Previous outbreaks of coronaviruses.

  • In 2002 Sars (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) spread virtually unchecked to 37 countries, creating global panic, infecting more than 8,000 people, and killing more than 750 (lethality close to 10%).
  • Mers (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome), first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 seems to be less easily passed from human to human, but had greater lethality, killing 35% of about 2,500 people who have been infected.

So far lethality of the newest string of coronavirus is floating around 2-3%. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use, and recovery depends on the strength of a patient’s immune system. Many of those who have died had pre-existing health problems.

Researchers are working in overdrive, trying to come up with the vaccine to the new deadly virus. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expecting to begin human trials for a potential vaccine in three months. In 2003, the agency took 20 months to move from gene sequencing to human vaccine trials for the SARS virus. Hopefully, this time it will not take that long.

Q and A

Graphics by WHO.

Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

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