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calendar   Tuesday - January 28, 2020

Exponential Growth Wuhan Virus

The more you have, the faster you get even more.

Today’s This Morning’s Wuhan Virus News

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China: Coronavirus Numbers Nearly Double In One Day

New reports from the Chinese government indicate that the number of people who have been infected by the coronavirus jumped from 2,700 yesterday to over 4,500 today as the number of people who have died from the outbreak is now well over 100.

“China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, raising the total to at least 106, as the U.S. government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak,” The Associated Press reported. “There were 1,771 new cases confirmed on Monday, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission. It said 976 were in serious condition.”

The Washington Post reported that “a scientific assessment of the spread of the disease, assuming an optimistic 90 percent quarantine, still predicted more than 59,000 infections and 1,500 deaths — twice the toll of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.”

The New York Times reported yesterday that the rapid spread of the virus led China’s communist government to expanding its quarantine to an “unprecedented scope affecting 56 million people.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its travel warning to China to its highest-level, strongly encouraging Americans to not travel to the communist nation.

Outbreak becomes epidemic, epidemic becomes pandemic. And so on, and so on. And these are the numbers that they’re admitting to, even while they try to hide the reality by using different terminology.

Worth reading: a compilation of Tweets from an actual expert, and several other news bits on this story.

•  Dr. Dena Grayson: Having YEARS of experience developing an Ebola treatment, I was concerned about this Coronavirus Outbreak from the outset, because this coronavirus strain is very contagious, causes severe illness, and NO treatments or vaccines are available.

•  Dr. Dena Grayson: Unlike H5N1 “bird flu” (which does not spread easily between people) or SARS (which was spread by only a handful of “super spreaders”), this coronavirus DOES appear to spread easily between people, even after making the jump from an animal (this is not common).

•  Dr. Dena Grayson: In addition to being highly contagious, this novel coronavirus can cause a SEVERE infection that can kill even healthy people. It’s rare to see BOTH of these (bad) attributes in the same novel virus. Usually, it’s one or the other.

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The Chinese Embassy in Copenhagen has demanded an apology from Danish newspaper Jyllands-posten for publishing a Chinese flag with the coronavirus on it.

The image by Niels Bo Bojesen featured the Chinese flag with the yellow stars replaced with pictures of the novel coronavirus. The newspaper published the cartoon in their ‘Today’s Cartoon’ section with a disclaimer saying that the cartoon represented the artist’s personal interpretation, which may differ from the position of the paper.

Despite this, the Chinese Embassy in Denmark called on Jyllands-posten and Bojesen to immediately apologize to the Chinese people. The embassy spokesman reminded the paper that the outbreak has so far killed over a hundred people in China, and that all efforts are underway to fight the epidemic. This “satire drawing,” he added, is an insult to China and hurts the feelings of the Chinese people.

Aww, too bad, so sad. Yeah, too bad so sad that Danish is a poor language for intense swearing. And then translating that into Chinese is even harder.

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Wuhan virus now in Canada, transmission vector confirmed. Surgical masks selling out everywhere.

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Mongolia closes border with China. Hey, maybe they should build their own wall this time??

North Korea and Malaysia have also closed borders.

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And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall.

And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired.

And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death, 1842

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Economic Impacts Already: China-US Air Traffic In Free Fall

Two years ago, the future appeared to be incredibly strong. Expanding visitation, robust discretionary spending on the part of Chinese visitors, and a shortage of adequate capacity all combined to make airlines on both sides of the Pacific enthusiastic.
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As of now, however, all that is out the moon gate. The bottom has quickly fallen out of the trans-Pacific market between the U.S. and the Middle Kingdom.

It’s due to the coronavirus epidemic, and it is not only killing people, but it’s threatening to put a stake in the heart of what was until now was still thought to be potentially one of the fastest growth sectors in the global air transportation business.

It’s simple. Air traffic between the United States and China is spinning into a free-fall. (It’s also doing so to other international destinations from China, for the same set of reasons.)

To be sure, occasional cases of the potentially deadly coronavirus are being discovered all over the world, including in the USA. But it’s now all across China, big time.

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Work Them Harder Now Before They’re All Dead

Apple Increases iPhone Production 10%

Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to make as many as 80 million iPhones in the first half of this year, an increase of more than 10% from the previous year’s output, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Apple has booked orders for as many as 65 million units of current models, primarily the iPhone 11 series, and as many as 15 million units of a new low-cost model, the paper reported, citing unidentified people.

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Apple is reportedly asking its chipmaker TSMC to increase production of the A13 processor due to higher-than-anticipated iPhone 11 demand. Bloomberg reports that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are selling particularly well in China.

Without a doubt this is coronavirus related.

Personally, if I was in charge I’d have every single thing that shows up here from China sprayed down with super disinfectant, and then hit with enough sterlizing UV-C light that they glow.

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German man gets Wuhan from Chinese co-worker, Japanese bus driver gets it from tour bus full of Chinese.

When - not if - this thing really takes off, expect to see a lot of anti-Chinese backlash all over the world. Oh, it won’t be at the government level, no no. But if you get up one day and see that your town’s Chinese take-out place has burned to the ground, you’ll know.

I think I’ll get myself another order of yummy Wor Shu Duck, because I think that might be my last visit there for some time. And I do hope this doesn’t vector into the Thai community, because I don’t want to live without Drunken Man Noodles or chu-chee curry.

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Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that the CDC is conducting screenings at 20 American airports that receive 90% of all passengers from China.
The CDC advises Americans to avoid unnecessary travel to Hubei Province. Three dozen US diplomats and their families in Wuhan will evacuate the region to return to the US early this week.
The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory, urging citizens to avoid all travel to the Hubei Province of China. The advisory includes the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou.

The northern Chinese city of Tangshan also suspended all local public transportation services to curb the spread of the virus.
Otherwise, the CDC encourages people to follow flu season protocol: Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid ill people and stay home and avoid public situations if they’re ill. A coronavirus vaccine would take at least a year to reach the public.

If all the airport screeners are doing is taking people’s temperature, then this is just kabuki theater and these screeners are no more effective than anyone else in the TSA.


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