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The cruise line operator Royal Caribbean has said it will refuse any passengers with Chinese, Hong Kong or Macao passports, regardless of when they were last in China.
The remarkable statement comes after reports that about two dozen passengers aboard a cruise ship that docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Friday morning were screened for coronavirus and four were sent to a local hospital for further screening.
In a statement published on its website, https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/anthem-of-the-seas-updates Royal Caribbean said that none of the four passengers tested showed clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus, although one tested positive onboard for flu. However, the company said it would be adopting a number of health screening protocols, including the following:
Any guests holding a Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macau passport, regardless of when they were there last, will not be allowed to board our ships.
Any guest or crew member that has been in contact (which the CDC defines as 6 feet or 2 meters) with someone that has traveled from, to, or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau less than 15 days.
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"Coronaviruses last up to nine days on jacks and bells"
Coronaviruses can remain on surfaces and become infectious for up to nine days at room temperature. On average, they survive four to five days, writes a research team from Greifswald and Bochum in the "Journal of Hospital Infection". "Cold and high humidity are still increasing their service life," Günter Kampf of the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at the University Medicine Greifswald said on Friday.
Since there is no specific therapy against coronaviruses, the prevention of contagion is important. Like all droplet infections, the virus spreads through hands and surfaces, which are often touched. "In the hospital, for example, these can be doorknobs, but also bells, bedside tables, bed frames and other objects in the immediate vicinity of patients," Kampf explained.
Together with virologist Eike Steinmann from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Kampf had compiled findings from studies on coronaviruses and their inactivation for a planned textbook. Based on the current situation, they published the scientific facts in advance. They assume that their findings on other coronaviruses are transmissible to the new virus 2019-nCoV. "Different coronaviruses were studied, and the results were all similar," Steinmann explained.
For disinfection, the researchers recommend means based on ethanol, hydrogen peroxide or sodium hypochlorite. Applying these in the right concentration, they drastically reduced the number of infectious coronaviruses within one minute – from one million to only 100 disease-causing particles. If preparations are used on a different drug basis, they should at least have a limited effect against viruses. "As a rule, this is enough to significantly reduce the risk of contagion," Kampf said. Other researchers had previously advised more frequent hand washing. (dpa)
An outbreak of a novel coronavirus was initially identified during mid-December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in central China, as an emerging cluster of people with pneumonia with no clear cause. The outbreak was linked primarily to stallholders who worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which also sold live animals. Chinese scientists isolated a new strain of coronavirus – given the initial designation of 2019-nCoV – which has been found to be at least 70 percent similar in genome sequence to SARS-CoV. With the development of a specific diagnostic PCR test for detecting the infection, a number of cases were confirmed in people directly linked to the market and in those who were not directly associated with it. Whether this virus is of the same severity or lethality as SARS is unclear
The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that the respiratory illness is an emergency in China, but said it is too early to declare it a global one. - Thursday, January 23, 2020 (Evidently they were waiting to see "person to person spread outside of mainland China" before calling it "global") Nyka Alexander explains in this video - Then they finally call it a Worldwide Emergency a week later but that no travel should be inhibited.
Virus Expert On The Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak: 'We Must Treat It Extremely Seriously' | TIME Video
Video of a Chinese medical doctor in the city of Wuhan in tears announcing that there are too many cases of sick people
Stillshot photo of a hospital waiting room with dead bodies on the floor causing many to question the official current # of fatalities seen above
Doctor comments on the never before seen virality of this virus - It appears to double in size every 2 days (based on suspected low Chinese #'s)
Age distribution of fatal cases in China
Comparison w/ the Spanish Influenza of 1918 which killed 50,000,000 people
Could this be a bioweapon that got loose?
People queueing outside a Wuhan drug store to buy face masks and medical supplies
This is a patient who had a high fever in the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital (Wuhan Eleventh Hospital) a few days ago, convulsing!
VIDEO: Entire family with Coronavirus is escorted to an ambulance
In general, coronaviruses spread like the flu:
Through the air by coughing or sneezing. Through close personal contact, such as touching a person or shaking hands. By touching a contaminated surface then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. The same precautions you’d take for the flu generally apply to coronaviruses:
Wash your hands well and often. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve — not into your hands. Keep your distance from sick people. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is studying the new virus and may be making specific recommendations if needed. Carole Mathews and Mike Cotey of Employment Security’s Safety Program are monitoring news and will pass on any new information.
The electron micrograph (100 nm) of the first virus strain collected in Wuhan, China
Debunking some medical rumors
Source: The University of Hong Kong
As fears of the coronavirus spread, U.S.-China travel is grinding to a halt. Three major U.S. airlines—United, American, and Delta—are canceling flights between the two countries, and not just for this weekend.
United and American will restart service in late March. But you can’t fly Delta to China until May 1 the earliest.
Airline stocks took a hit yesterday, but then again...so did most stocks.
On Thursday, the State Department issued its highest-level warning—a Level 4—advising Americans not to travel to China. Then, pilots and flight attendants asked, “so why are we still traveling to China?” and demanded airlines cancel flights.
Other transportation-related coronavirus news
The CDC has issued a quarantine for 195 Americans who were evacuated from Wuhan, China, as a preventative measure. It’s the agency’s first mandatory quarantine order in more than 50 years.
The virus is hammering a global freight industry that relies on China. Shipping rates for the massive ships that carry raw materials have dropped more than 90% since a September peak.
via .ORGWorld News
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If half your international workers are down with the flu (I'm "just" going off the flu symptoms here)... your company grinds to a halt.
What worries me is that the world's increasingly-interdependent medical goods supply chains operate very leanly and with comparatively lower stockpiles than we used to.
And any given country, the US for example, is less self-sufficient than ever before (in terms of established supply chains currently in use).
So any major disruption in the production and global distribution of medical goods will be very readily felt by hospitals.
And no one is prepared for that with adequate contingencies in place.
Huge amounts of basic medical supplies are manufactured in Asia.
China- masks, PPE, some fluid/ fluid bags, scapals/ instruments, wound dressings, IV machines/ mobile xray/ other machines;
South America- Certain IV fluids, medications, some anti viral/ antibiotic meds;
India- outer protection bag that some IV fluids are packed in
If the supply chain were to be interupted- at any point in the world where medical equipment is produced- that is almost unfathomable.
Germany gets 80% of it's pharmacies from foreign countries, most of it from China and India......
Outsourcing (globalizing) medicine is a disaster recipipe beyond pandemics, when you actively make yourself dependent.
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Patient on days 8 and 11 after the onset of illness:
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Here is one showing pneumonia in the right lung base:
So basically it clogs up the lungs with the dense white stuff
The dense white stuff being fluid, mucus, and other stuff that generally shouldn’t be in your lungs. This is what all cases of pneumonia do, regardless of their origin (viral, bacterial, chemical, etc.) and relative severity.
How might the treatment in a hospital be for this?
They install apparatuses to aid breathing and create an environment in the body that counters inflammation. They basically try to support the bodies immune system as best as possible and try help the patient to breathe as best as possible.
In case of the Virus you need to take additional steps to make it harder for the pathogens to survive which in case of the Corona would be an alkaloid gastrointestinal environment as well as an increased PH value (which is hard to accomplish in a short time period).
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Edit: hospital statement
“Diagnostic testing was conducted and specimens were sent to the Public Health Lab in Ontario to confirm the diagnosis. Today, the diagnosis of novel coronavirus was confirmed.”
On January 9, the World Health Organization notified the public of a flu-like outbreak in China: a cluster of pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, possibly from vendors’ exposure to live animals at the Huanan Seafood Market.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had gotten the word out a few days earlier, on January 6.
But a Canadian health monitoring platform had beaten them both to the punch, sending word of the outbreak to its customers on December 31.
BlueDot uses an AI-driven algorithm that scours foreign-language news reports, animal and plant disease networks, and official proclamations to give its clients advance warning to avoid danger zones like Wuhan.
Speed matters during an outbreak, and tight-lipped Chinese officials do not have a good track record of sharing information about diseases, air pollution, or natural disasters.
But public health officials at WHO and the CDC have to rely on these very same health officials for their own disease monitoring.
So maybe an AI can get there faster.
“We know that governments may not be relied upon to provide information in a timely fashion,” says Kamran Khan, BlueDot’s founder and CEO.
“We can pick up news of possible outbreaks, little murmurs or forums or blogs of indications of some kind of unusual events going on.”
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