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Wuhan Virus Watch: CDC Announces 15th U.S. Case Confirmed Involving Evacuee in Texas

Wuhan Virus Watch: CDC Announces 15th U.S. Case Confirmed Involving Evacuee in Texas

US military preps for pandemic; North Korea executes official for breaking coronavirus quarantine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYdlpbVUNA

As of  Thursday, the world has over 65, 247 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus reported from 28 countries and territories, with 1,491 deaths.

Reports say 10,604 of those afflicted patients are in critical condition, and 7,092 are confirmed recoveries.

***We will update this post with new information.

In the United States, there are 427 People Under Investigation (PUI) for possible Wuhan coronavirus, distributed in 41 states and territories. Of those, 15 have tested positive (located in six states), 347 have tested negative, and 65 cases have pending diagnosis status.

15th US case of coronavirus is an evacuee at an Air Force base in Texas

The 15th case of COVID-19 in the United States has been diagnosed is one of the evacuees at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The patient has been under the 14-day federal quarantine since arriving in the United States from China on a chartered flight on February 7, the CDC said. The person, described by a CDC official as a “solo traveler,” has been isolated and is receiving medical care at a hospital.

“We are right in the middle of that potential incubation period so it is not surprising that maybe someone would have developed symptoms in this time frame,” Capt. Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC said in a news conference Thursday. “And we’re going to continue to be watching people during the whole 14-day quarantine period.”

US military prepping for coronavirus pandemic

The Military Times reports that U.S. Northern Command is executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic of the Wuhan coronavirus.

An executive order issued by the Joint Staff and approved by Defense Secretary Mark Esper this month directed Northern Command and geographic combatant commanders to initiate pandemic plans, which include ordering commanders to prepare for widespread outbreaks and confining service members with a history of travel to China.

The Navy and Marine Corps messages, issued Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, reference an executive order directing U.S. Northern Command to implement the Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13.

The document serves as the Pentagon’s blueprint for planning and preparing for widespread dispersion of influenza and previously unknown diseases.

U.S. Northern Command said Wednesday it was directed the Joint Staff Feb. 1 to commence “prudent planning” in their assigned role synchronizing the department’s plans for pandemic flu and disease.

But in no way “does the planning indicate a greater likelihood of an event developing. As military professionals, planning for a range of contingencies is something we owe the American people,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hatfield said.

North Korean official reportedly executed for breaking coronavirus quarantine

It appears that there is another way to die from COVID-19:

A North Korean official who returned from China has reportedly been executed for going to a public bath in violation of his quarantine – while experts express doubts about Pyongyang’s claim that the hermit kingdom doesn’t have a single case of the coronavirus.

The trade official, who had been placed in isolation after traveling to China, was arrested and immediately shot for risking the spread of the deadly disease, the Dong-a Ilbo news outlet in South Korea reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to “rule by military law” against anyone who leaves quarantine without permission.

Meanwhile, an official at North Korea’s National Security Agency was exiled to work on a farm because he hid a recent trip to China, according to the UK’s Mirror.

China’s Communist Party is purging local officials as public anger mounts at coronavirus epidemic

There is no news yet indicating that either executions or exile have occurred…yet.

China has purged high-ranking officials in the Hubei — the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak — amid public outcry over the virus.

Several Communist Party officials, including the party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission and the head of the commission, lost their jobs in the government purge, the BBC reported citing local media.

According to the BBC, the deputy director of the local Red Cross was demoted for “dereliction of duty” over the handling of donations. The outlet reported that hundreds of people have been investigated, fired, or received warnings in Hubei because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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China also revised the death count down by 108 due to supposed “double counting” after “revising” their testing and evaluation methodology which really was a return to the stricter conventional methodology they had abandoned. I guess they changed their methodology for counting deaths too seeing how much they spiked.

Shaping the curve with BS data to fit the BS narrative. Welcome to the China Century. What ever happened to Tom Friedman and his new flat earth economics?

This fits into the discussion somewhere:

https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/02/13/coronavirus-outbreak-exposes-chinas-monopoly-on-u-s-drug-medical-supplies/#

I wonder how this fits into yesterday’s report that China wants to patent a not-yet-approved anti-virus drug being developed by American biotech firm Gilead?

    We would never allow a single American company to monopolize an industry. Congress would have leveled anti-trust legislation to break it up. But it’s okay to allow an enemy nation to control 80-90% of our antibiotic and other vital drugs because it is “cheaper”? Cheap is going to cost us dearly in the end. Last capitalist selling communist the rope to hang him with….

JusticeDelivered | February 14, 2020 at 9:28 am

It seems that China’s numbers have been BS from the beginning.

JusticeDelivered | February 14, 2020 at 9:28 am

It seems that China’s numbers have been BS from the beginning.

Lucifer Morningstar | February 14, 2020 at 10:21 am

So here we are. 15th person identified as having COVID-19. No real idea how many infected people have bypassed screening and have entered the United States. The CDC warning Congress about outbreaks of the disease that could potentially be counted in the thousands. And now the military preparing for outbreaks of the disease within their ranks and preparing a response if it gets too bad in the civilian population of the United States.

And yet people still claim that the US federal government has everything under control when it is evident that officials are beginning to panic both here and internationally.

And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

Lucifer Morningstar | February 14, 2020 at 10:31 am

But in no way “does the planning indicate a greater likelihood of an event developing. As military professionals, planning for a range of contingencies is something we owe the American people,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hatfield said.

Yeah, right. Pull the other one. And as for the “American people”? The federal government has once again screwed the pooch and it’s the “American people” that are gonna suffer for it. And suffer big this time around.

JusticeDelivered | February 14, 2020 at 11:38 am

Summer coming should slow this down some, still, we will have to go through next winter without a vaccine. Time to a vaccine being available is about 18 months.

Yes, the military plans for contingencies. They plan for a LOT of things, most of which, fortunately never happen. That is how they stay swift and effective, should a foreseeable event occur.

A coronavirus epidemic is foreseeable. How do I know this? Because it happened, in the US military. Dealing with the Spanish Flu was how Dwight David Eisenhower made his early reputation, which led to command of US forces in WWII.

http://celebrategettysburg.com/camp-colt-gettysburg/

And, it happened in the US 50 years before that.

The planning is prudent

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Valerie. | February 14, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    So here we are. 15th person identified as having COVID-19 in the United States. Officials have no real idea how many infected people have bypassed screening and have entered the United States. The CDC warning Congress about outbreaks of the disease that could potentially be counted in the thousands in two to four weeks. And now the military preparing for outbreaks of the disease within their ranks and preparing a response if it gets too bad in the civilian population of the United States and a little “peacekeeping” is needed.

    And yet Valerie still will not admit that the US federal government has screwed the pooch and allowed this disease to become established in the general US population that is shortly going to wreck havoc on that same general population.

    Planning is prudent but there is also a time when you just have to admit you’ve failed. And this is one of those times.

    Oh, and during the Spanish Flu epidemic(s) people mostly died. Either of the Spanish Flu or secondary infections. Or the primitive nature of medicine back then. But not sure why you brought that up. Are you saying COVID-19 is going to be the next pandemic that kills millions?

grr hit submit on accident

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/14/wuhan-coronavirus-wuwt-update/

The bad news is that Wuhan IS transmissible during some later part of the symptomless incubation period. The definitive clinical proof (there was comment debate about the reliability of previous post evidence from Japan and Germany) is an age 50’s UK male who attended an about 100 person sales conference in Singapore 1/20-1/22 2020. A single individual from Wuhan also attended this conference and was–per Singapore Wuhan containment policies– symptomless on arrival (no fever, no cough). That either symptomless or very early symptomatic individual transmitted Wuhan to the UK citizen in Singapore. The UK individual then flew to France for a 4-day family ski vacation 1/24-1/28 at Le Contamines-Montjoie. During the 4-day vacation the UK male remained symptomless (entire incubation time Singapore plus France at most 8 days) but transmitted Wuhan to 11 other individuals, 5 later diagnosed in UK (family and friends), 5 later diagnosed in France, and 1 later diagnosed in Spain. Clearly this case is NOT family close proximity contact transmission. This case may be a “super spreader” outlier, BUT it means a symptomless R0 as high as 11 cannot be ruled out, with a symptomless transmission period of several days. By comparison, the R0 for measles (absent vaccination) is 12-18, so a horrific Wuhan symptomless R0 of 11 is within the realm of actual possibility.

This is VERY bad news, as the formal CDC guidance on URI’s is that transmission risk is highest with peak symptoms (equating to peak virion shedding)–as was the case with SARS. Not so with Wuhan, reinforcing the public health necessity of strict 14-day quarantine.

From the Worldometer website about a confirmed case in Japan:

“a man in his 60s who initially had a cold on Feb. 3, followed by a fever of 39° C. on Feb. 8, and then pneumonia on Feb. 10. He had traveled to Hawaii from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7.”
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

I wonder if Hawaii is tracking contacts for this person.

And Egypt has their first case. But there are six countries who have no active cases (Philippines, Russia, Finland, Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka). It will be interesting to see if/when these countries report another active case.

buckeyeminuteman | February 14, 2020 at 5:17 pm

I have just spent the entire week at Lackland. This is great…

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