The latest news about the deadly coronavirus continues to be concerning. Updates from global health organizations confirm that the coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, China, is spreading. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency on January 30, and the Trump administration announced a public health emergency on Friday.
There are currently 17,341 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in mainland China and another 153 cases in 24 other countries. There have 362 deaths caused by the coronavirus, including the first casualty outside of China — in the Philippines. There are 36 French citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan, and are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. They are currently being quarantined.
The coronavirus now has infected more people than severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which had infected 8,098 people during the 2002 and 2003 outbreak, including eight in the United States. Experts are worried that the outbreak will develop into a full-blown epidemic or pandemic.
Dozens of countries have put travel restrictions on non-citizens who have visited China recently, including the Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and the United States. All travelers into the U.S. from China will need to arrive through one of 11 designated airports. Over 20 airlines have suspended flights to and from mainland China and nearly 10,000 flights were canceled between the outbreak of the coronavirus and January 31, 2020.
In the US, there are 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including six in California, two new cases are in San Benito County. The two people are a married couple. The husband contracted the virus during a recent trip to Wuhan. The man was screened for the coronavirus on January 24 at the San Francisco International Airport, but he had no symptoms at the time. The wife got sick from her husband, she is the second person-to-person transmission documented in the United States.
There are two cases in Chicago, one person each in Massachusetts, Arizona, and Washington state. Three people in New York City were showing symptoms closely related to the coronavirus and were hospitalized. The CDC said there is a total has 241 people in 36 states under watch for coronavirus.
Last week, 195 U.S. citizens who left Wuhan were forced into a mandatory quarantine by the CDC, the first in 50 years. All of the citizens were quarantined at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California. They will be quarantined for 14 days, which is the incubation period for the virus.
The Department of Defense has designated four military bases as places where U.S. citizens would be quarantined if they have the coronavirus. Travis Air Force Base in California, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego County, California, the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and the 168th Regiment Regional Training Institute in Colorado.
The Chinese government constructed a hospital in Wuhan, specifically for coronavirus patients, in only 10 days. The “hospital” has bars on the windows.
Apple temporarily closed all of its stores and offices in mainland China. The Chinese stock markets dropped dramatically on Monday over fears of a coronavirus epidemic and the impact it could have on China’s economy. China’s central bank will flood $21.7 billion into markets to stabilize the volatile financial situation.
The World Health Organization released a video that explains what the novel coronavirus is and how it is related to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
If the coronavirus wasn’t enough illness for you, there is also a new bird flu outbreak. There has been a bird flu outbreak in Hunan, China.
“The outbreak occurred in a farm in the Shuangqing district of Shaoyang city,” officials said. “The farm has 7,850 chickens, and 4,500 of the chickens have died from the contagion.”
The deadly H5N1 virus causes “a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds,” but it can also be transmitted to humans. So far, there have been no reports of people infected with the illness in China.