Post by Colin Occupants on Jan 26, 2020 16:04:51 GMT
I'm only worried when I'm reminded of it.
Toronto has had its first confirmed case - a man who fell ill shortly after arriving here from Wuhan - but the medical officials here learned a great deal from the SARS epidemic in '03 and seem to be fully prepared, down to determining that the patient was a risk via his 911 call so that the EMS crew that picked him up were already kitted out with protective gear, etc. and he was quarantined immediately and is now in stable condition.
I may start to worry more if more people from his flight fall ill, or anyone else he had contact with with falls ill, but, for now at least, it seems to be under control.
I was listening today to how the virus could massively impact manufacturing.
Suddenly I found myself in full on Jimbo-mode.
What if these were manmade viruses planted in China to destroy confidence in the Chinese market? What if there were a number of viral outbreaks in China within a short period of time? That would be catastrophic for "confidence" in the Chinese manufacturing base - which would then bring back manufacturing to the USA....
There is still plenty unknown about the virus, but researchers say it shares similarities to Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)—two infectious diseases that have emerged in recent decades but that have been managed. While concerns inside China are serious and travel restrictions have been imposed across much of the country, public health officials stress there is no need for panic, especially not in the West where the risk of transmission remains low.
That hasn’t stopped an outbreak of nonsense and conspiracy theories. On Sunday, the Washington Times — a paper with a distinct ideological bent — published an article claiming that the virus’ outbreak could be linked to a military lab in Wuhan.
The article suggests a government-run lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, could have been researching military applications for the coronavirus and may have been the source of the outbreak.
The only basis for the claim is a quote from former Israeli intelligence officer Dany Shoham, who has expertise in biological warfare.
“Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Shoham told the Times.
While Shoham never backed up the claim made in the story that the outbreak stemmed from a biological weapon, other outlets nevertheless picked up the idea and ran with it.
The Texas radio station KPRC posted the story to its site, concluding “some intelligence experts believe the Chinese military’s biowarfare department may be responsible.” A speculation by a single former officer had become “intelligence experts.” The Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm pumped the theory on her YouTube show, asking: “Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the origins of this deadly virus? Could it be linked to China’s biological warfare program?”
All this on the guesswork of one man—and it’s not the first time Shoham has pumped the tires on a theory without much merit. In 2017, he went on Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, to suggest the Islamic State had likely passed on chemical weapon capabilities to its sleeper cells in the West.
Last Edit: Jan 30, 2020 12:56:38 GMT by Cousin Lou
I was listening to a news report on this and they said one of the main difference between this and SARS is that one-third of SARS victims were healthcare workers so it was more easily contained. They said the coronavirus is much more in the general population.
It's disrupting the global supply chain like a motherfucker.
Would it even be possible for China to know the full extent of it yet? I'm not sure what would be gained from a deliberate national cover up. That would become obvious and the blow back would be phenomenal.
Russia is to ban all Chinese citizens from entering the country from Thursday as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, making Moscow the first country to do so and potentially straining relations with a close ally.