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In other virus news
Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 06, 2020 01:04AM
The CDC estimates that so far, 10,000-25,000 Americans have died of the flu in the 2019-2020 flu season.

[www.cdc.gov]
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Re: In other virus news
Posted by: fauch
Date: February 06, 2020 05:34AM
Yeah people are going mad over this coronavirus, but forget that there is some pretty nasty stuff already out there infecting (and killing) people every day...
I don't know how seriously to take it. It seems like an artificial "crisis" to me. Even in China where there are 1.5 BILLION people, there have been a few hundred deaths, and who knows what level of health care they had. Not exactly the zombie apocalypse...
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Posted by: mattkime
Date: February 06, 2020 08:23AM
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fauch
Even in China where there are 1.5 BILLION people, there have been a few hundred deaths, and who knows what level of health care they had. Not exactly the zombie apocalypse...

and thats the problem with avoiding catastrophe, people will dismiss whether there was any threat to begin with.



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Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 06, 2020 09:27AM
I believe the Coronavirus to be pretty serious of China is shutting down entire cities, transportation, and infrastructure to contain this. China needs its economy to run on all cylinders so shutting down Lunar New Year is speaks volumes. Building a hospital in 10 days to treat 1000 patients shows that China doesn’t think this is a common illness.

Is the flu serious? Yes, but there is a vaccine for some of the major strains.



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Posted by: space-time
Date: February 06, 2020 10:09AM
building a hospital in 10 days is impressive.

I am curious how they organize staff and supplies for it though. Do they just have extra doctors and nurses on stand-by?
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Posted by: DP
Date: February 06, 2020 10:14AM
The PRC just orders people to work.





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Posted by: macphanatic
Date: February 06, 2020 10:15AM
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space-time
building a hospital in 10 days is impressive.

I am curious how they organize staff and supplies for it though. Do they just have extra doctors and nurses on stand-by?

They pull from other facilities. The intent is to quarantine those infected and those that are treating the infected.
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Posted by: sekker
Date: February 06, 2020 11:33AM
It’s serious because infected people can show no symptoms for a week or more.

Hard to lock things down when those infected don’t even know it.

And the MD who blew the whistle in China died today. It can kill even the healthiest of people (in this case, a 34 year old male IN a hospital).
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Posted by: space-time
Date: February 06, 2020 11:35AM
ouch!
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Posted by: Ammo
Date: February 06, 2020 11:58AM
“It’s serious because infected people can show no symptoms for a week or more.“

Maybe even worse is the fact that those same people can transmit the virus while they are non-symptomatic.



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Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 06, 2020 12:02PM
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Ammo


Maybe even worse is the fact that those same people can transmit the virus while they are non-symptomatic.


This is also true of the flu. In fact, from what I understand, a person who is infected with the flu is most contagious in the 24 hours prior to showing any symptoms.
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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 06, 2020 02:44PM
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sekker
It’s serious because infected people can show no symptoms for a week or more.

Hard to lock things down when those infected don’t even know it.

And the MD who blew the whistle in China died today. It can kill even the healthiest of people (in this case, a 34 year old male IN a hospital).
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BBC: On 30 December [Li Wenliang] sent a message to fellow doctors in a chat group warning them to wear protective clothing to avoid infection.

Four days later he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau where he was told to sign a letter. In the letter he was accused of "making false comments" that had "severely disturbed the social order".

Is it ironic if all the party thugs that made him sign the letter, end up dying of the disease he tried to warn them about...

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freeradical
The CDC estimates that so far, 10,000-25,000 Americans have died of the flu in the 2019-2020 flu season.

That's with vaccines providing limited herd immunity and knowing which prescription antivirals to administer. Using a low estimate of how lethal 2019-nCoV is at 0.5% (or assuming China has under reported infections by nearly a magnitude and there are currently 100,000 to 300,000 patients), 20 million infected could mean 100,000 deaths.

A possibly positive statistic about nCoV is that diagnosed infections (assuming the the 28,353 number is accurate) have fallen below geometric growth. Watching the death rate for another three weeks will tell. The number (of known) dead world wide has hit 500 victims 43 days earlier than 2009 Swine Flu.



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Posted by: hal
Date: February 06, 2020 02:50PM
Very roughly, about 2 in 10000 die from the flu, but in china about 2 in 100 are dying from this bug. If the entire world is infected, lots will die.
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Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 06, 2020 03:00PM
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hal
Very roughly, about 2 in 10000 die from the flu, but in china about 2 in 100 are dying from this bug. If the entire world is infected, lots will die.

Perhaps 2 out of 100 die who end up in a hospital. I'm sure that many others are infected who don't feel sick enough to seek medical help.

Additionally, people who are vaccinated against the flu provide some sort of limited herd immunity to the flu. If there were no flu vaccine, an outbreak of the flu could be something that would make for a great novel.

This is what the commander of USFK feels about coronavirus:

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As you're aware, the novel coronavirus, originating from mainland China, is spreading globally and shares similar symptoms to the common cold and flu.

Good hygiene practices and minimizing contact with anyone who has returned from mainland China in the past 14 days, and who are exhibiting any cold or flu like symptoms, are the best prevention measures to controlling the spread. If you are feeling cold or flu-like symptoms, please go to a doctor immediately - more importantly, do not go to work or school. Stay at your home or in the barracks while you are recovering.

We must do our best to prevent the spread or it will have a significant impact on our "Fight Tonight" readiness!

We understand your concerns and we are monitoring this situation very closely, around the clock. We currently assess a low threat or risk to our USFK formations and installations. We will keep you informed as the situation develops and if our assessment changes.


[www.usfk.mil]



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Posted by: testcase
Date: February 06, 2020 05:32PM
Any reliable / authoritative word as to whether the corona virus is a “natural” mutation or, a lab created bio weapon that somehow got loose?
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Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 06, 2020 07:00PM
I did read that they are growing samples in a lab, the first step in a vaccine.
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Posted by: hal
Date: February 06, 2020 08:04PM
I'm not saying you should run to your bunker and lock the door. I'm just disagreeing with the contention that this is nothing worse than this years flu - THAT AIN'T TRUE. Not sure why you're citing some military guy, but he did say that there is a low level threat because of this. What did he say about the flu last year? Nothing? Meaning zero threat? Of course it's a low level threat at this point, but he's not saying to ignore it. In fact, they are watching around the clock. Did they do that for last years' flu?

There was a PHd in physics that was 100% sure that 911 was an inside job. I'm sure he's a smart guy - we should listen to him too perhaps - right?

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freeradical
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hal
Very roughly, about 2 in 10000 die from the flu, but in china about 2 in 100 are dying from this bug. If the entire world is infected, lots will die.

Perhaps 2 out of 100 die who end up in a hospital. I'm sure that many others are infected who don't feel sick enough to seek medical help.

Additionally, people who are vaccinated against the flu provide some sort of limited herd immunity to the flu. If there were no flu vaccine, an outbreak of the flu could be something that would make for a great novel.

This is what the commander of USFK feels about coronavirus:

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As you're aware, the novel coronavirus, originating from mainland China, is spreading globally and shares similar symptoms to the common cold and flu.

Good hygiene practices and minimizing contact with anyone who has returned from mainland China in the past 14 days, and who are exhibiting any cold or flu like symptoms, are the best prevention measures to controlling the spread. If you are feeling cold or flu-like symptoms, please go to a doctor immediately - more importantly, do not go to work or school. Stay at your home or in the barracks while you are recovering.

We must do our best to prevent the spread or it will have a significant impact on our "Fight Tonight" readiness!

We understand your concerns and we are monitoring this situation very closely, around the clock. We currently assess a low threat or risk to our USFK formations and installations. We will keep you informed as the situation develops and if our assessment changes.


[www.usfk.mil]
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Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 06, 2020 08:42PM
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hal
I'm not saying you should run to your bunker and lock the door. I'm just disagreeing with the contention that this is nothing worse than this years flu - THAT AIN'T TRUE. Not sure why you're citing some military guy, but he did say that there is a low level threat because of this. What did he say about the flu last year? Nothing? Meaning zero threat? Of course it's a low level threat at this point, but he's not saying to ignore it. In fact, they are watching around the clock. Did they do that for last years' flu?

There was a PHd in physics that was 100% sure that 911 was an inside job. I'm sure he's a smart guy - we should listen to him too perhaps - right?



That commander is responsible for the health and readiness of all our forces in Korea, and he has solid medical professionals who advise him on matters such as this. He's not just some random - however smart - guy on the interwebs.
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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 06, 2020 11:19PM
Besides Li, the worst virus related story this week was a few day old newborn that was diagnosed as infected while in the hospital after being born.



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