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Wuhan Virus Watch: 7th U.S. Case Identified in San Francisco Bay Area

Wuhan Virus Watch: 7th U.S. Case Identified in San Francisco Bay Area

The Trump administration announced national public health emergency and imposed travel restrictions.

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/locations-confirmed-cases.html

As of today, there are approximately 12,000 cases of Wuhan Coronavirus infections worldwide. The death toll stands at 259, with 26 nations or administrative areas reporting patients who are infected with the pathogen.

A man has now tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the number of confirmed U.S. cases of the virus to seven.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday that a Santa Clara County man tested positive for the virus in the third case to hit the state of California. Business Insider reported that the man had recently traveled from Wuhan and Shanghai, and arrived back in the U.S. at the San Jose International Airport one week ago.

Since his return on Jan. 24, officials said, the man left his home twice to seek medical care, but has not been hospitalized and is being treated in his home. Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody said during a press conference Friday that the man had come into contact with “very few individuals” since arriving back from China.

“We do not have evidence to suggest that the novel coronavirus is circulating in the Bay Area, in Santa Clara Country, or really in Northern California,” Cody told reporters. “Our assessment is that the public at large is still at low risk, because this case was careful to self-isolate at home for the entire time since he returned from China.”

One of the challenges in trying to contain the pathogen and treat the illness it causes is that it there is limited data available on how it spreads. It is now being revealed by the nation’s top infectious disease doctor that people can, indeed, spread the Wuhan coronavirus before symptoms set in.

German researchers found that the virus was transmitted by people without symptoms in five instances in one cluster of people: from a parent to a daughter; from that daughter to two colleagues; and from one of those colleagues to two other coworkers.

“There’s no doubt after reading this paper that asymptomatic transmission is occurring,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “This study lays the question to rest.”

This is an important piece of information, as this finding means more robust quarantine and containment procedures will be implemented once an infection has been identified.

On Friday, the Trump administration declared the coronavirus a national public health emergency and announced that certain foreign nationals deemed to pose a risk of transmitting the disease will temporarily be denied entry to the country. Additionally, some returning American citizens potentially at risk will also be quarantined.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that President Donald Trump signed an order for the U.S. to deny entry to any foreign nationals who have traveled in China within the past two weeks, aside from the immediate family of U.S. citizens.

Azar, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said that any U.S. citizens who have been in China’s Hubei province — home of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus — within the last 14 days “will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they’re provided proper medical care and health screening.” Also starting Sunday, U.S. citizens returning from other parts of mainland China will also face screenings and two weeks of monitoring and self-quarantine.

The risk to the American public is “low” at this time, said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Azar called the measures “fairly incremental” and “appropriate, preventative steps.” Yet, officials said they wanted to ensure it would remain a low risk to Americans.

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Lucifer Morningstar | February 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm

And the 2019-nCoV virus keeps spreading and spreading across the globe leaving government officials with no actual method to stop the spread. Hold on folks. It’s only going to get worse (a lot worse) before it gets better.

But don’t worry. Those government officials needed to ensure the continuity of the government (President, House, Senate, DoD) and the liberal elite one-percenters have already been vaccinated against the 2019nCoV virus. So they’ll be just fine. The vulgar lower classes (that’s the rest of us) will just have to take our chances.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | February 1, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Doesn’t this virus have a two to three incubation period before the first symptoms appear?

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | February 1, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      “2 to 3 weeks”

      14 days. But I’d quarantine fro double that just to be on the safe side. But that doesn’t really matter at this point as it’s been shown that 2019-nCoV is infectious even before the incubation period has elapsed.

      But don’t worry. Those government officials needed to ensure the continuity of the federal government (President, House, Senate, DoD) and the liberal elite one-percenters have already been vaccinated against the 2019nCoV virus. So they’ll be just fine. The vulgar lower classes (that’s the rest of us) will just have to take our chances.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | February 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Also forgot to mention that with an R0 >= 2 there isn’t much chance that 2019-nCoV is going to be contained any time soon. Or ever. It’ll just have to spread to its maximum and then hopefully burn itself out as survivors have immunity against it.

    Can you please provide a citation for the existence of a vaccine for the virus as well as that the “elites” have been protected.

    The CDC states that there is not a vaccine yet.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html

      Liz,
      Whether or not there is yet a vaccine for the ‘elites’ is one thing. Trusting the CDC merely 4 years after 8 years of obama is another.

      Obama’s presideny was this: biden, kerry and clinton got to loot the nation and barry got to play leftist/islamic God. And mike obama got to play a woman. The media got to play reporters. College staffers got to play scholars. Bureaucrats got to play commissars.

      It will take at least another 12 years of a Trumpian president to flush-out the freaks put in place by obama/jarrett.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Liz. | February 1, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Liz,

      The CDC is lying as there is no way to produce near enough vaccine to protect all 300 million plus citizens of the United States before 2019-NCoV becomes epidemic. So they claim a vaccine is not available and then covertly and secretly vaccinate all of those government employees that are necessary to guarantee continuity of government (President, Members of Congress, DoD officials, IRS officials etc.) as well as the elite one-percenters that are willing to pay through the backdoor to pharmaceutical companies for the vaccine. The rest of the vulgar lower classes (that’s you and me and everyone else not in the above groups) are just going to be left to their own devices.

      Believe it Liz, the government is lying to you. They’ve always lied. They don’t know how to do otherwise. And we, the vulgar lower classes, are the ones that suffer for those lies.

    It’s a novel, or new virus, thus there was no vaccine for it when you wrote that. A group in Australia is developing a vaccine right now and may have been able to synthesize tiny amounts of it. Mass production requires growing in eggs or the like, and takes months. That may be just enough time to slow the bug once it breaks out in the USA … but count on our globalists and do-gooders to send any vaccine we make to China, which “needs it more”, and of course our anti-vax saboteurs to monkey-wrench it any way they can.

    TL:DR. The above post is BS because there was no vaccine for a previously unknown virus.

      And, I don’t think I would trust version 1.0 of a new vaccine. If I remember correctly, the swine flu vaccine resulted in many complications and the program was stopped.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to beagleEar. | February 2, 2020 at 12:05 am

      Tl;dr

      This is not an unknown virus that came from bats or any other animal reservoir. That is just the PR put out to keep the sheeple from panicking. This is deliberately engineered virus that was developed at the WaHun Virology Institute at the behest of the Chinese government and military. To think that they also didn’t develop a vaccine in parallel is ridiculous.

    It’s a novel, or new virus, thus there was no vaccine for it when you wrote that. A group in Australia is developing a vaccine right now and may have been able to synthesize tiny amounts of it. Mass production requires growing in eggs or the like, and takes months. That may be just enough time to slow the bug once it breaks out in the USA … but count on our globalists and do-gooders to send any vaccine we make to China, which “needs it more”, and of course our anti-vax saboteurs to monkey-wrench it any way they can.

    TL:DR. The above post is BS because there was no vaccine for a previously unknown virus.

JusticeDelivered | February 1, 2020 at 12:35 pm

See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/31/can-this-virus-be-contained-probably-not/

The author is an expert:

“Analysis puts the “reproductive number” of this virus at 2.2 or higher, meaning each infected person infects at least two other people. This is an explosive number. By comparison, the median value of studies of seasonal and pandemic influenza viruses put the reproductive number of ordinary influenza, which can sicken 10 to 20 percent of the population any given winter, at 1.28, with the 1918 pandemic virus at 1.8 — which was enough to kill between 50 million and 100 million people in a world population that is about a quarter of today’s population.”

    The numbers you cite certainly suggest this may spread far, wide and fast. But so far this doesn’t appear to be a particularly lethal strain.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Paul. | February 1, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      No, not a particularly lethal virus. About the same lethality as the 1918 Spanish Flu. But when you start counting the infected in the millions (which is going to happen) then even a low lethality rate is going to rack up thousands dead.

      And let’s not kid ourselves. The Chinese government is hiding the real number of deaths from 2019-nCoV. I suspect the death rate is much higher than they are willing to admit at this point.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Paul. | February 1, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      My whole life I have operated with layers of contingency plans in place. For example, I am not a survivalist, but when I build a new super insulated passive solar home 35 years ago, I an L shaped reinforced cement shelter where I store supplies. I buy supplies in quantity, often when they are on sale. So the first goal is to save money, but a secondary goal is to be prepared for disaster.

      This outbreak merits awareness of the downsides if things go sideways. It is not yet time to go into an isolation lockdown mode, but that could happen in a matter of weeks to a month or two.

      Viator in reply to Paul. | February 1, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      2019-nCoV is about 20 to 40 times as lethal as the seasonal flu. If you use the figure of 15,000 annual US deaths from seasonal flu then the number of 2019-nCoV deaths would be about half a million.

Just think about all of those homeless encampments in our big cities throughout the country. We were already worried about the risk of a plague breaking out before this.

Interesting that the newest US case is in Santa Clara County. That’s my county. The tech industry here has many ties to China. Last week I was getting my hair done and my hairdresser commented that a team from her husband’s company had returned from the company’s warehouse in Wuhan China. All members of the team had been instructed to quarantine themselves at their homes. The team had returned just before news of the virus hit.

Things that make you go hmm.

ScottTheEngineer | February 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm

I got a feeling they stopped counting deaths. its been at 259 quite a while now.

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