As of Thursday morning, the world has over 28,200 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus reported from 28 countries and administrative states, with 565 deaths.

Reports say 3,863 of those patients are in critical condition and 1,170 confirmed recoveries.

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

Funeral worker says Wuhan cremating bodies at an alarming rate.

One of the most troubling aspects of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is the lack of dependable information from China. A report from a crematorium worker in Wuhan reports on the long working hours he and his colleagues are putting in to transfer bodies from hospitals and private homes. He explains how this will cause further unease among those attempting to contain and control the disease spread.

According to Mr Yun, at least 100 body bags are required every day. The bodies are collected from Wuhan’s three main hospitals plus other small hospitals, as well as private residences.

‘Since Jan. 28, 90 percent of our employees are working 24/7 … we couldn’t go back home,’ Mr Yun told The Epoch Times.

‘We really need more manpower.’

He explained that the funeral homes in Wuhan are struggling to cope with the influx of bodies. ‘Almost all staff at each funeral home in Wuhan are fully equipped, and all Wuhan cremation chambers are working 24 hours,’ he said.

To get a sense of how much other nations are concerned with arrivals from China, passengers debarking in Indonesia are greeted with a disinfecting spray:

It seems that only a handful of children have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

If there is any good news for today’s report it is that a relatively small number of children seem to be catching the virus.

…[F]or the most part, kids do not seem very vulnerable to the virus.

“From everything that we’ve seen, and for reasons that are unclear to us, it does seem that this is primarily impacting adults,” Richard Martinello, an associate professor of infectious disease at the Yale School of Medicine, told Business Insider. “Some of the reports that have come out so far from China have been from adult hospitals and not pediatric hospitals, so it could just be that we’re not seeing that data yet.”

A low case count among kids is a good thing, according to health experts, because children are less likely to wash their hands, cover their mouths, and refrain from touching others — behaviors that can spread germs.

Americans evacuated from Wuhan land in San Diego, head to military base for isolation.

Yesterday, it was Professor Jacobson’s Cornell University that was a featured subject of Virus Watch. Today, American evacuees have been isolated at the Marine Base at Miramar, which is in my neighborhood.

… According to the U.S. Northern Command, the travelers are subject to a 14-day federal quarantine under orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At Miramar, space has been set aside at a bachelor quarters complex and a base inn to house the passengers, who include families with children.

According to Dr. Christopher Braden, a deputy director with the CDC deployed to handle repatriation flights from China, everyone on the planes was screened for symptoms of coronavirus before boarding in China. They will undergo the same screening process when they land at Miramar.

Infectious Diseases Doctor Shares Insights on Treating First American Patient

For those of you who would like a clinical update, the Infectious Disease Society of America interviewed George Diaz, MD, the infectious diseases doctor who treated the first Wuhan Coronavirus patient in the U.S.

 

 
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