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Wuhan Virus Watch: Wuhan Crematoriums ‘Burning Bodies 24/7 to Cope With Extra Workload’

Wuhan Virus Watch: Wuhan Crematoriums ‘Burning Bodies 24/7 to Cope With Extra Workload’

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.

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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JusticeDelivered | February 6, 2020 at 9:46 am

At this point, we cannot trust any of the numbers China is supplying. Do we have anymore information on the fact that on 2-1 what appeared to be the real numbers were published with a death toll of close to 25,000. Also, reports from people in China of very poor air quality. An incinerator properly operating would not cause the kind of air pollution being reported. Either the incinerators are being overloaded, or perhaps they are burning bodies in the open?

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 6, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I’m going to assume that since the furnaces at the crematoria weren’t designed nor built to be operated 24/7 for weeks/months on end they are not getting the proper maintenance necessary for proper operation. Combine that with overloading the retorts and the furnaces will be spewing out pollution at an alarming rate. And given the fact that the Chinese government (Xi Jinping) is panicking and trying to cover-up this Chinese made disaster isn’t helping the situation any.

” . . . crematoriums burning bodies 24/7 . . . ”
” . . . they call it disinfection . . . ”

Very frightening on many levels.

Taiwan News has reported that a reporting agency for China accidentally released the real numbers before quickly reverting back to the official numbers.

154023 Infected
79808 Suspected Cases
269 Cured

24589 DEAD

I’m not sure if Taiwan News is a good site or one of those Infowar nonsense sites but they do provide a screenshot of what they are claiming.

Given that China has quarantined over 70 million people, ordered that all deaths be burned and not buried, that they are intentionally locking people into their own houses to prevent them from going in public and the fact that the Chinese government is notorious for lying about what is actually happening during incidents makes me worry that Taiwan News may be right in what it’s reporting.

Lucifer Morningstar | February 6, 2020 at 11:02 am

Bring out your dead! (Ding) Bring out your dead! (Ding) Bring out your dead! (Ding)

And that’s the way I see the Chinese response. Only nobody is to bring out their dead. And untold number are sealed into their homes/apartments or other facilities to die alone and are forgotten. Disgusting. Simply disgusting.

I’ve also seen the reports of sealing into homes/bldgs/etc.
what I have not seen (honestly not had lot of time to research it) is how good of an incubator is a decomposing body for this virus. course question is moot if reports are false about sealing people in.

    healthguyfsu in reply to dmacleo. | February 6, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Living carriers are usually far more troublesome than dead ones.

    Only a small fraction of people handle the dead and most of them take a lot of precautions (likely more going forward). Living (and spreading) cases are the dangerous ones.

    I usually tell some of my students that if a mythical virus were to kill within seconds then it probably wouldn’t be very effective because it wouldn’t incubate in the living long enough to spread. A global killer pandemic needs to be transmitted by the living and incubate long enough undetected to really wipe out the world’s population. It’s a great way to get them thinking about germ awareness and our community role in our own death rates.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 6, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Coronavirus 2019 has up to two weeks without symptoms, that is a very effective pathogen.

      February 5:

      10 additional cases confirmed on board the cruise ship in Japan
      1 new case in the United States (Wisconsin)

    beagleEar in reply to dmacleo. | February 6, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Doesn’t it need live cells + energy to reproduce? Bacteria thrive on cadavers, virii not, right?

I wonder where that magic “14 day” quarantine period came from.

I hope nobody’s relying on China for information like that.

It is not uncommon for prepubescent children to have a different reaction to illness and to have a different recovery trajectory. In fact the same can be true of infants.

The Friendly Grizzly | February 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm

And untold number are sealed into their homes/apartments or other facilities to die alone and are forgotten. Disgusting. Simply disgusting.

Like the Parisiennes in an August heatwave. Mustn’t interfere with vacations.

JusticeDelivered | February 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm

The sad part is that many children are losing fathers and grandfathers at a higher rate.

President Xi says virus controls at a “crucial stage”. Earlier he said officials who fail to deliver on epidemic prevention will be sacked.

A few thoughts:

A. Total cases are almost certainly much higher than counted. Why? i) Mild cases where people get what feels like a common cold, possibly a short one, are not likely to be counted. ii) the ability to count all the cases doesn’t exist, there were not 100K+ test kits in the entire world for this previously unknown virus iii) at first, local officials in China were concealing rather than reporting, that’s established and not rumor.

A2. Deaths in China may be significantly undercounted, but deaths in the rest of the world are probably reported accurately. So far the former is probably over 1000, the latter is with high confidence, tiny.

B. People with excellent information access and motivation to get it right are not worried; worrldwide markets show nearly no impact after an initial selloff. There is concern about exposing staff and company liability; corps like Starbucks have restricted operations in areas surrounding Wuhan (perhaps on PRC orders), and there may be temporary shortages of some parts and supplies now sourced from China, Inc.

C. Spring is coming to the entire Northern Hemisphere, and with it the end of cold season. This is structurally similar to a cold and is thus highly contagious, it also means it’ll fade away in a few months even if nothing is done to halt it.

Last I heard was that the death toll was around 900 people with most taking place in a country of billions where 900 people dying total should not be a large amount. So why are the cremations running 24/7?

Take with grain of salt but interesting – I saw general 2019 death rate is 7.3 /1000 per year for China.

Just in Wuhan 2018 – 11.9 million population so 86,870 deaths per year based on 7.3 /1000 above
238 per day estimate just in Wuhan. This is baseline so why are the crematoriums running 24/7 and freaking out unless the total deaths are not ~900 and China is hiding the deaths by cremating the evidence?