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Coronavirus spreads to Beijing as China confirms 139 new cases

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  1. Shahriar
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    Not good with the Chinese new year and rampant traveling right now in the country.

    Not good with the Chinese new year and rampant traveling right now in the country.

    7 votes
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    AnthonyB
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    Well I'm glad I stopped taking the subway to work. I live and work in Chaoyang District and I'm planning to fly out of Beijing on Thursday, so I'm not really excited about this news. These stories...

    Well I'm glad I stopped taking the subway to work. I live and work in Chaoyang District and I'm planning to fly out of Beijing on Thursday, so I'm not really excited about this news. These stories have never worried me, but this one's a little different since I've lost count of the times I freaked myself out daydreaming about outbreak scenarios while crammed on a subway train with dozens of people within arms reach.

    7 votes
    1. Fierre
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      I know how you feel. I live in Suzhou and luckily it hasn’t seem to spread there yet, but I’m out of the country and will be returning soon. I’m really not looking forward to going through the...

      I know how you feel. I live in Suzhou and luckily it hasn’t seem to spread there yet, but I’m out of the country and will be returning soon. I’m really not looking forward to going through the Shanghai airport right now.

      6 votes
    2. Loire
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      Might be time to get yourself a fashionable surgical mask, and maybe consider wearing gloves too...

      Might be time to get yourself a fashionable surgical mask, and maybe consider wearing gloves too...

      5 votes
  3. patience_limited
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    This is how authoritarianism fails - you can't simply propagandize or punish away the symptoms of poor public health. It's already happened to China with SARS, then African Swine Fever, where...

    This is how authoritarianism fails - you can't simply propagandize or punish away the symptoms of poor public health. It's already happened to China with SARS, then African Swine Fever, where farmers have concealed infections for fear of punitive, uncompensated losses.

    Though the response to the latest coronavirus is arguably more aggressive, it's clear that China still doesn't have the capacity to quickly identify, contain, and prevent these risks, or the taste for providing accurate public information found in more open societies. Up until today's evidence that the virus is rapidly spreading to other countries, Chinese sources continued to deny that human-to-human transmission was occurring. Now it's reached the point that President Xi felt obliged to make an announcement of centrally directed action, over a month after the first case cluster reports.

    7 votes
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    Keegan
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    I still can't tell how bad this disease is. Is it killing because of it's seriousness or because people waited a long time to get help?

    I still can't tell how bad this disease is. Is it killing because of it's seriousness or because people waited a long time to get help?

    6 votes
    1. [3]
      Grzmot
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      Seems like it's a new strain from the family of Coronaviridae with a connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed some 774 people in 2002-2003, originating from southern...

      Seems like it's a new strain from the family of Coronaviridae with a connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed some 774 people in 2002-2003, originating from southern China.

      In that outbreak, SARS had a fatality rate of 9,6%, so I wager that with care you'd survive, unless you are a child or the elderly.

      From the short read that Wikipedia provides, SARS seems to be really fucking viral, as full quarantine and medicine to treat the symptoms until your immune system deals with the virus, is the only way to treat it. Naturally, high density countries like China are going to be hotbeds for this, which is probably why the CCP is so afraid of the disease spreading to bigger cities.

      Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional.

      10 votes
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        Keegan
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        That doesn't sound too good for China, or anywhere in the vicinity. Hopefully they get it quarantined, but it seems like it's too late for that sadly.

        That doesn't sound too good for China, or anywhere in the vicinity. Hopefully they get it quarantined, but it seems like it's too late for that sadly.

        3 votes
        1. ReapersGale
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          We've got a suspected case in Australia now - which isn't too surprising. Seems testing for it outside of China is a bit disorganized at present though.

          We've got a suspected case in Australia now - which isn't too surprising. Seems testing for it outside of China is a bit disorganized at present though.

          5 votes