Wuhan coronavirus

Top medical journal: Wuhan probably contains 130,000 infected

Scientists from Hong Kong University have made public a report indicating that the Chinese city of Wuhan is likely to be home to more than 130,000 people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV.

The report was published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. To identify how many individuals are likely to be suffering from the illness, the researchers used data on the number of cases exported from Wuhan to find the rate of infection for the disease. The scientists then applied that rate to the population exposed to the virus.

The researchers predicted that epidemics are growing exponentially now in multiple major cities of China, with a lag time behind Wuhan of about 1-2 weeks.… Read the rest

Chinese shoppers begin stripping Sydney shelves of health, medical supplies

Disturbing images have emerged on social media of empty supermarket shelves in the Sydney CBD as shoppers clear them out of disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser and face masks.

The images were uploaded on the evening of January 27, and follow on from images of Chinese supermarkets stripped bare by panicked citizens in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak this month.

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Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms

A team of eminent doctors published a report in Friday’s edition of The Lancet medical journal which found that persons may be infected with the China coronavirus without presenting any symptoms.

Such patients were described in the report as ‘afebrile’, a medical term indicating no fever or outward signs of sickness. The authors of the report indicated such carriers may help to spread the outbreak by remaining undetected.

The findings of the study cast doubt on the effectiveness of screenings procedures implemented at airports around the world to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Shocking videos emerge of Wuhan outbreak

The fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, dubbed 2019-nCoV by authorities, has now spread to eight countries according to ABC News.

At this stage, eight Chinese cities remain under quarantine. The total population under emergency lockdown is now greater than the population of Australia, as Chinese authorities rush to prevent the spread of the virus during Chinese New Year this weekend.

The Chinese New Year period, during which Chinese travel to their ancestral villages to be with family, is the largest annual movement of people in the world. In Beijing, officials have closed the Forbidden Palace and also cancelled New Year events in the city.… Read the rest

Wuhan coronavirus case confirmed in US, authorities scramble to respond

The first case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the CDC reported Tuesday.

A Washington man in his 30s who just returned from Wuhan, China is now being treated for the illness.

Hundreds of cases have been confirmed across Asia, with six fatalities so far confirmed from the disease.

Authorities have been scrambling to respond to the new virus, although details about it are yet to be released to the public. The CDC, the peak body for the control of infectious diseases in the US, has activated its Emergency Response System after announcing the new case.… Read the rest