If this is true, and hard to know for sure, then its alarming. But shit people the flu kills half a million people worldwide every year and just like this its mostly babies and old people. I bet 56 people die from the flu in China on a normal day in winter. This is hysteria driven by the "experts" saying it "could" get completely out of control. Lets not forget the mass hysteria over SARS and it killed 800 people worldwide.
The official line is that there are currently a little over 2000 cases worldwide, supposedly a nurse in Wuhan said there are really over 90000 cases there alone. So if they're lying to that degree, any and all statistics are meaningless.
Originially they said the 1st case was seen around dec 31, it turns out it was really around dec 1, reports are that over 5 million people who were possibly exposed already left wuhan for other cities. That means they have a far bigger problem than they said.
The Chinese government, which is looking to avoid a repeat of the 2003 SARS outbreak, has warned officials not to cover up the spread of the virus. The South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that Beijing said anyone who withheld information would be “the sinner of a millennium to the party and the people” and would be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.”
Since the virus first popped up in Wuhan in people who had visited a local seafood and animal market, officials could only say it likely hopped from an animal to humans. In a new study, however, researchers sequenced the genes of 2019-nCoV (as the virus is now called), and then they compared it with the genetic sequences of more than 200 coronaviruses that infect various animals around the world. Their results, detailed in the Journal of Medical Virology, suggested that 2019-nCoV likely originated in snakes.
The study published in the Journal of Medical Virology, revealing the likely snake host, also found that a change to one of the viral proteins in 2019-nCoV allows the virus to recognize and bind to receptors on certain host cells. This ability is a critical step to entering cells, and the researchers said that the change in this particular protein may have helped the virus hop to humans.
Can the virus spread between people? Yes, in limited cases, according to the CDC, but the primary mode of transmission seems to be from animal to human. In terms of how one would catch the virus, the CDC says that human coronaviruses are most commonly spread between an infected person and others via:
—the air (from viral particles from a cough or sneeze);
—close personal contact (touching or shaking hands);
—an object or surface with viral particles on it (then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands);
—and rarely from fecal contamination.
Quit freaking out world.
And if you see a snake, dead or alive, do not ingest.
We have hot dogs, made from the finest pig snouts and anuses for your perusal.
Or perhaps some pink slime? Everyone like their Beef with a little ammonia. Just like cigarettes.
14 cases so far in Thailand....Thailand had over 11 million Chinese tourists last year...Thai officials expect to lose over 3 million this year...Bangkok has already closed some tourist venues and shops...