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This Year’s Killer Virus From China

How is it that every damn year the worst diseases come from China? Every year. Swine flu, Avian flu, SARS, you name it. And now it’s coronavirus. WTH is coronavirus? Who knows, but it’s deadly. And it’s already in the USA.
TLDR: The answer is “wet markets”, the traditional Asian totally unhygienic outdoor butcher shop/live wild animal/vegetable stall/crowded shopping bizarres that they refuse to give up. This is the source of every one of these diseases.

China Quarantines Entire City Of Wuhan Over Coronavirus Epidemic

The Chinese government has quarantined the city of Wuhan and plans to shut down the airport and public transportation within hours amid an outbreak of the coronavirus, according to reports on the country’s social networks. The virus has been linked to at least 17 deaths and has sickened over 500 others.

Other countries’ health agencies and governing bodies have issued warnings to travelers including the U.K., which advised against “all but essential travel” to Wuhan, which is where the virus was first detected. Several countries have implemented enhanced screening measures at airports for flights arriving from the Wuhan region as China faces scrutiny over what officials knew about the outbreak and when they discovered it.

For weeks the country’s health officials maintained that the number of people infected remained at 41, with minimal fatalities, but as more cases emerged and the death toll spiked fears of a cover-up began to surface. Top officials in China have reportedly warned lower-level officials to not cover up the spread of the virus, which is now said to be transmissible between humans.

Any lower-level officials who attempt to conceal new cases would be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity,” officials with the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, a top political body in the country that handles law and order, allegedly said, according to the BBC.

The call for transparency follows the country’s botched handling of the SARS virus in 2002-2003, which infected 8,000 and killed at least 770. At the time, officials were accused of covering up the virus, which was not announced to the public until about five months after it was detected.

This tells me that this germ is so virulent that it spreads faster than the ChiComs attempts to hide the truth. Wuhan is a city of 11 million in central eastern China, about 430 miles west of the port city of Shanghai. Locking down an entire city and leaving the people to die is what communists can do, instantly. “All power comes from the barrel of a gun”, said Chairman Mao, and they’ve got all the guns. Whatever numbers their government is admitting to are probably at least an order of magnitude less than the reality; if they say 10 it’s 100. Or 1000.

Scientists have warned that official totals from Chinese authorities of how many people have been infected with a deadly and little-understood new virus could be out by a factor of 35.

You can’t trust the little bastards to be truthful. They lie about everything, always have. Oh but THIS TIME they’re going to open and honest. Yeah right. When they quarantine an entire city, one bigger than LA and NY combined, you know the situation is out of control. It’s an achinkolypse.

Spread of coronavirus prompts CDC to expand ‘enhanced health screenings’ to 2 more US airports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it will expand health entry screenings to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, as the U.S. on Tuesday reported its first case of the potentially deadly coronavirus.

The CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had previously announced the implementation of “enhanced health screenings” for airline passengers arriving from or traveling through the Wuhan province of China amid a mysterious viral outbreak in the region.

Screenings began Friday at three major air hubs: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The CDC announced that they will be expanding public health entry screenings to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

At least one person in the United States is infected with the mysterious pneumonia-like virus that has already killed at least six people and sickened some 300 others since the illness was first reported in Wuhan.

The case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in a man in Seattle. The man arrived in the U.S. last week before CDC and CBP officials had announced the “enhanced health screenings.”

The patient, who was not identified, is a resident of the U.S. and is in stable condition, CDC officials said during a news conference on Tuesday. The patient is isolated at the hospital he is being treated at and poses “very little risk” to medical staff and the public, officials said.

The man was reportedly aware of the outbreak affecting Wuhan before falling ill and proactively reached out to state health officials when he began experiencing symptoms, which have been reported to include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

So it feels just like any other bout of the flu pretty much, but maybe worse? Shortness of breath because your lungs are all phlegmmed up? Great. People are going to go nuts. I just got over the bug that’s going around here, with waterfall sinus flow and coughing enough to nearly pop my eyes out of my head.

Symptoms for SARS and MERS are much more severe than for common coronaviruses. Both cause respiratory problems. Those infected with MERS may also feel fatigued, experience shortness of breath and could develop kidney failure.

The virus is thought to be able to be spread from person to person and in some cases has infected doctors and nurses. The early days of the outbreak have evoked comparisons to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, the illness that spread through airports and hospitals around the globe in 2003, killing nearly 800 people in a matter of months.

With the Chinese New Year travel season about to send billions of people on holiday journeys, no one wants to underestimate the disease.

“The speed with which this virus has been identified is testament to changes in public health in China since SARS,” said Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, in a statement. “However, we know there is more to come from this outbreak - and with travel being a huge part of the fast approaching Chinese New Year, it is right that concern levels are at the highest level.”

Coronavirus is first cousin to SARS, and SARS is some deadly badness. Also in that family tree is MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. MERS has a 35% fatality rate. More than 1 in 3 who get it DIE. Is “Wuhan Virus” any less severe? Teh Authorities say so, but current data is perhaps too limited to have much faith in that panic quelling banality.

Both the Wuhan virus, known as 2019-nCoV, and SARS belong to the family of coronaviruses, so called because of their crown-like shape. Many such viruses cross the barrier between animals and humans, as the Wuhan virus appears to have done
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Some of the first patients infected in Wuhan worked or shopped at a seafood market where live animals and wildlife parts were reportedly sold.

These so-called wet markets, where shoppers mingle in narrow spaces with animals ranging from live poultry to snakes, have been a key source in the emergence of new viruses transmitted from animals to humans.

If sanitation standards are not maintained, wet markets can spread diseases. Because of the openness, newly introduced animals may come in direct contact with sales clerks, butchers, and customers. Insects such as flies have relatively easy access to the food products. Carcasses are sometimes thrown on the floor to be butchered. Both the current avian flu outbreak and SARS can be traced to keeping live animals in wet markets and its potential for contamination. In 2008 the government of Hong Kong proposed that all poultry should be slaughtered at central abattoirs to combat the spread of avian flu. However, public opposition to the scheme led to its abandonment.

Great. Pack a big bunch of people in a small space where raw meat, open to the air and the flies and dirt, uninspected, anything-we-could-farm-hunt-or-pickup-as-roadkill ... and you’ve got the world’s biggest Petri dish brewing every kind of putrescence imaginable. The only way it could be worse is if they put the markets right next to the dung heap. “But we’ve always done it this way!”, so let’s just infect the whole damn planet.

Wuhan is already present in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Maybe it’s time to just blockade all of Asia for half a year or so. Just to be safe. You can live that long without the latest hi-tech gadget or some more cheap stuff from Walmart. And God knows we don’t need YET ANOTHER one of their damn insects to sneak in either. WTF, let’s put Africa on the blockade list too. Because the ChiComs are big in Africa these days, and a Wuhan-MERS-Ebola crossbreed could wipe out half the world.


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