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The first US case has been detected in Washington State. The rapidly spreading respiratory virus began at a market in Wuhan, China and had spread to four other countries. The virus is suspected to have been transmitted from an animal to a human and now human to human. It is considered highly contagious but how it is exactly transferred human to human hasn't been determined. In one report a Chinese patient infected 14 medical staff that were caring for them.

The patient in Washington State is quoted as "quite ill" and had recently traveled to Wuhan. They were hospitalized shortly after their return to the United States and the presence of the virus was found in their lab results over the weekend.

The World Health Organization meets tomorrow to consider if this is an international public health emergency.

 
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I really want a Hazmat suit! Things like this freak me out!!
 

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I find it particularly amazing how the CDC and disease prevention centers in other countries are able to identify and track a novel infection so early on. It's absolutely necessary to continue that level of awareness because pandemics are a huge threat to our growing population.
Keep in mind though that the common flu kills 12k-60k US citizens each year, depending on the year. Anyone here reading is substantially more likely to perish from a known pathogenic disease process than something like this Wuhan Coronavirus. That's all thanks to the diligent work of the CDC, WHO and other organizations. Without them these contagious diseases would pose a quicker and bigger threat. Of course sometimes we get a SARS or MERS .. hopefully there's no Spanish Flu-like pandemics anytime soon and this new virus gets tamped down quickly.
 

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CDC announces 2nd confirmed US case of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Illinois, is monitoring 63 other potential US infections (source is AP but it is via a private newswire service that I can't link to)


I find it particularly amazing how the CDC and disease prevention centers in other countries are able to identify and track a novel infection so early on. It's absolutely necessary to continue that level of awareness because pandemics are a huge threat to our growing population.
Keep in mind though that the common flu kills 12k-60k US citizens each year, depending on the year. Anyone here reading is substantially more likely to perish from a known pathogenic disease process than something like this Wuhan Coronavirus. That's all thanks to the diligent work of the CDC, WHO and other organizations. Without them these contagious diseases would pose a quicker and bigger threat. Of course sometimes we get a SARS or MERS .. hopefully there's no Spanish Flu-like pandemics anytime soon and this new virus gets tamped down quickly.
Agreed @KoD, I'm always impressed with how fast the CDC and NIH are able to come up with rapid testing. I think that has also contributed to a lot to the effort to keep something like this under control as well.
 
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Perhaps I'm cynical, but given how things have gone so far in China (and we know their government is likely significantly underreporting things) and now this cruise ship in Japan, I have a hard time believing this virus doesn't reach every end of the globe to some extent.

If we've had 15 "confirmed" cases in the US, I'm inclined to think there's likely hundreds, or thousands, of actual cases walking around. I've been sick with some type of nasty cold the past couple weeks (ironically, symptoms hit 7-10 days after returning from California) and now my wife has the flu. Another patient was asking about the COVID-19 virus while I was at the doctor with my wife, and they basically said they'd have no way of knowing and would have to treat it like the flu, as they don't have a way of testing for it at the local level.
 

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I’m still confused to as was Anniston truly chosen to host those possibly infected from that cruise ship?
 

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I’m still confused to as was Anniston truly chosen to host those possibly infected from that cruise ship?
Per a friend it was and that group was fully capable of handling it. Sad when we aren't using the resources that we have spent billions on for isolation and containment. I mean they handle nerve and chemical agents at the facility. Pretty sure they know what they are doing.

I'm curious if this will hurt them during the next Base Realignment and Closing Commission (BRAC) round of closures.
 

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Per a friend it was and that group was fully capable of handling it. Sad when we aren't using the resources that we have spent billions on for isolation and containment. I mean they handle nerve and chemical agents at the facility. Pretty sure they know what they are doing.

I'm curious if this will hurt them during the next Base Realignment and Closing Commission (BRAC) round of closures.
Anniston is a sinking ship city-wise, they have so many lawsuits against them concerning exposure to chemicals (not the Depot so far), the guy that brokered buying my first house had gone blind due to exposure. I don’t think there’s much of a future there.
The citizens have dealt with the Depot disposing dangerous chemicals (when I lived in Clay County, I’d get this nice brochure about how I need to shelter in place and/or evacuate and I was 30 mikes away) and then the other chemical exposure from a plant. I think they were just tired of being the dumping ground of dangerous exposures.
 

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CDC has changed their wording a little to warn people to prepare for person to person exposure in the United States

What May Happen
More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.
 

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It has affected the sports world in Asia. Several Olympic qualifying events have been postponed or may be postponed, and Formula 1 has also postponed the Chinese Grand Prix. The Grands Prix in Bahrain and Vietnam may be impacted as well.
 

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