Virus nCoV-2019 continues spreading across the globe yet the World Health Organization maintains a no fear attitude meanwhile, hinting this may change at any moment.
So far there are over 800 confirmed active cases and around 30 deaths registered across the globe most of the action being in Wuhan, China.
“We all agree that the risk to the general public remains low..we are well-prepared for these types of incidents, with excellent readiness against infectious diseases.” has been the line used to perhaps, to prevent panic.
Once this bit has been absorbed, it is then qualified that it is ‘highly likely’ that the infection would continue to spread to ???
They then continue informing us how much has been learned from Ebola, SARS, MERS, and that a new vaccine is hurriedly being prepared to combat this new corolla virus based on their earlier experiences.
The health authorities also inform us that the majority of people would probably recover if they contracted the virus however, old folks, those with underlying other health problems, pregnant women, children, and those with compromised immune systems will probably die!
“While there is “no immediate cause for concern” this emerging situation needs to be closely monitored..” is a standard line used as an afterthought.
Meanwhile, on the TV, radio, or Internet “distinguished experts” are brought in to calm us like for example: Sir Jeremy Farrar, of the Wellcome Trust, saying “I am alarmed, but there is a big difference between that and panic. If this does take off like in China the pressure on the NHS(Britain’s public health services) will be very difficult.”
More expert prognosis follows with Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the Medical Research Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, estimating that number nCoV-2019 infected people in Wuhan is around 4,000 and can be as high as 9,700.
Researchers have concluded based on their computer models that each infected average person can infect between 1.4 and 2.5 other people .
New important information that has been derived since the outbreak is that nCoV-2019 has a long latency of between five and 14 days when there are no symptoms moreover, it now spreads human-to-human.
What remains “missing”, is how easily it can be transmitted and where did it originate, which animal did it derive from?
Going back to Chinese hospitals in Wuhan at the center of outbreak, panic and despair reign as thousands of patients wearing masks queue for hours, waiting to be called by nurses for medical attention as virus infections continue at an alarming rate.
Doctors and nursing staff suffer without enough supplies, everyone is so scared furthermore, food is in short supply along with face masks everyone is obliged to wear.
City after city across China is being systematically closed down, travelling is restricted as the virus continues to spread while citizens are told to shutter up at home and stop overloading the queue for medical help.
Meanwhile, Twitter feeds are appearing depicting panicked Chinese hospital staff crying while in contact with their families fearing being infected by the masses outside.
In Wuhan 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers are swiftly building a new 1,000-bed prefab hospital in six days dedicated to fighting this dangerous virus.
Elsewhere, at Everett medical center pathogens unit in Seattle, USA, doctors have used a robot to treat its first confirmed infected patient admitted to hospital as part of an effort preventing nCoV-2019 spread.
This specialized hospital, part of a large health system composed of a multitude of hospitals, clinics and urgent care centers in seven states was created, following Ebola, to deal with emergencies like this.
According to the American Center for Disease Control(CDC) the risk of nCoV-2019 to the American public is low.
So folks “there is nothing to see here..move along..move along!”