Well this is what the experts have to say.
- It’s a virus scientists have never seen it before
- Health officials don’t know where it came from
- The virus has traveled 7,000 miles
- New infections are confirmed every day
- Quarantine is not very effective
- The death toll is rising
- 1,354 people have been infected
- It’s a coronavirus similar to SARS and MERS
- In addition to humans, it can sicken cows, pigs, chickens, cats, bats, and other animals
If Quentin Tarantino was behind the lens and the “Coronavirus” was a movie, it would be time to panic. The virus is now in 11 countries and territories.
Jan 22 there was 554 cases diagnosed in the world the next day there were 644 cases and 18 deaths. On Friday 1,354 people had been diagnosed and 41 conformed dead
Americans should not panic the experts say, wash your hands and carry on with your weekend plans. For myself that includes a bachelor party in Atlantic City for one of my closest friends. I will no debatably be aware of my surroundings and be sure to wash my hands.
Brandon Brown is an epidemiologist at UC Riverside and he has studied many deadly outbreaks.
“Don’t panic unless you’re paid to panic. Public health workers should be on the lookout. The government should be ready to provide resources. Transmitting timely facts to the public is key. But for everyone else: Breath.”
The genetic code has been examined by experts and the sequence is entirely new to science. What this means is scientists have not yet had a chance to develop enough natural immunities and vaccines can take years to develop. Experts have named the coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
“We don’t have evidence yet to suggest this is any more virulent than the flu you see in the U.S. each year. Most people, with proper medical attention, will do just fine.”
– Dr. Michael Mina
32.8% of those infected have been taken by the coronavirus with the majority being the elderly and those individuals with a weaker immune system.
(Cover photo Alarby.co.uk, video courtesy BBC News, source Los Angeles Times)