The Coronavirus has seemingly come out of nowhere and it shocking much of the world, including the CDC who held an impromptu meeting the other day about how to combat the growing threat.
The virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China and so far has killed six people in total. Which taking into consideration the population of China, six people isn't many, but the virus is similar to the SARS virus and in 2002 caused major panic as it spread throughout the middle east.
CDC confirms a male traveler from China has been diagnosed in Washington State with the mysterious coronavirus that has already killed 6 people and sickened hundreds of others in China. pic.twitter.com/72c3eZekXi— CNBC (@CNBC) January 21, 2020
Reports coming out today have confirmed that the virus has made it's way into the United State through a 30 something year-old man who was traveling back to Seattle after spending time in Wuhan China. The American patient who was hospitalized last week with pneumonia like symptoms is currently in "good condition".
Peter Daszak president of EcoHealth Alliance, a US global health organization has said, "the appearance of an infected person in the US means this disease is on the cusp of becoming a pandemic, just like SARS in 2003,” leading many people to fear that because the disease is airborne and contracted through person to person, the scale for contamination is massive.
China has already begun doing everything they can to help stop the spread before it gets too out of hand. They have begun screening train and plane passengers coming and going from the country and other surrounding countries have also begun doing the same.
Here you can see passengers having their temperatures taken while waiting for their train to leave. And below you can see vehicles spraying the city of Wuhan with disinfecting chemicals.
passengers screened for coronavirus symptoms on a domestic flight out of Wuhan pic.twitter.com/ytUbVzpYRZ— David Paulk 波大卫 (@davidpaulk) January 20, 2020
And here you can see one quarantined patient being led into a hospital and in another clip you can see a group of doctors wearing hazmat suits.
Video of an alleged #WuhanPneumonia patient was transported to a hospital in Huizhou, Guangdong province, #China— W. B. Yeats (@WBYeats1865) January 21, 2020
Huizhou is ~800km away from Wuhan, with a whole Jiangxi / Hunan province between these two locations.#WuhanSARS #coronaviruspic.twitter.com/p7xkDfZMJc https://t.co/nKYaAG6A9T
Another leaked video clip allegedly from an isolation ward of a hospital in #Wuhan, where suspected #WuhanPneumonia patients were treated and put into quarantine. The medical staff were all wearing hazmat suits in the ward. https://t.co/0hkibm7LOc pic.twitter.com/ZJnhEUswoM— W. B. Yeats (@WBYeats1865) January 20, 2020
Whether this is just more fear mongering or a sensational story about the next deadly virus, the one thing i keep thinking about is how I wish it was the Modelovirus.