As of January 23, 2020 The coronavirus has effectively managed to spread over a large area of China and many other countries to include the United States.
Aljazeera reported today that the flu like virus had originated from Wuhan a central Chinese city in Hubei and has spread world wide from it’s origination point.
Casualties are expected, estimated in thousands
China confirmed 830 corona virus cases with 25 fatalities according to the National Health Commission. Newly discovered cases of Wuhan virus in Japan and South Korea. Infection was confirmed in a middle aged man that had traveled to Japan and is currently hospitalized. South Korea also confirmed a second case which had originated from China according to the countries disease control. (KCDC)
The World Health Organization claims that the viral infection originating in China that has infected hundreds of people is not yet considered to be a Global Health Emergency. With new cases of the virus popping up in random locations, health care professionals have concerns of casualties being estimated in the thousands.
Travel bans implemented
Cities inside China including Ezhou, Wuhan, Xiantao and Huanggang have implemented travel bans. Movement by railway, Long distance bus and ferry services have been stopped according to information on city websites and state media.
Playgrounds, markets with live birds and entertainment locations have also been closed due to the possible threat of contracting the virus. The small city of Chibi is suspending public transport to other locations effective midnight (16:00 GMT)
145M Allocated to contain virus
It is reported that China allocated 1 billion yuan (145M) to Hubei province in effort to contain the virus. Hubei has been hit hardest in the region by the virus since its onset.
The U.S. Department of State on January 23, 2020 issued a Level 4 Travel Caution to Not Travel To Hubei Province, China due to novel coronavirus. The U.S. CDC also issued a level 3 alert to (Avoid Nonessential Travel) due to ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness.
Ebola drug considered as treatment
On Thursday January 23, 2020, Gilead Sciences Inc. said it was assessing if its experimental ebola drug treatment could be used to treat coronavirus infection. Even though there is no antiviral data on the drug being effective to treat the virus, testing on animals did show effective results against the SARS coronavirus.
Gilead remains in active discussions with researchers and clinicians in the U.S. and China. The potential use of the drug called Remdesivir as an investigatory treatment remains a posibility.
Suspected Case in Texas
On January 23, 2020, a suspected case of novel coronavirus is being investigated in Brazos County, Texas. A patient who traveled from from Wuhan, China where the virus originated has been suspected of contracting the virus and is currently isolated at home. Health officials advised precautionary testing is being conducted and if confirmed will be promptly announced. It is unknown at this time if the patient may have infected anyone else with the suspected virus.
Possibility of Global Epidemic
It is no surprise to any of our readers that one possible apocalyptic event could be a global epidemic. If such an event occurred, it could possibly have mortality numbers in the hundreds of thousands or millions. Due to long incubation periods, one could easily infect hundreds of people daily and not be aware they are sick.
Past history has taught us that such events have indeed occurred and have wiped out massive numbers of population. Depending on where one lives and the interaction they have with people will determine the infection rate. Prepping for such unknown catastrophes by stocking food and water supplies should be a priority to everyone. Be it natural events, man made or whatever one can never be overly prepared.
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