I’m in two minds over whether the Coronavirus epidemic in China is something serious, or really just another ‘flu epidemic. In a time when all health scares about everything are bogus, it’s most likely that this latest scare is bogus too, and it’ll be forgotten in a week or two.
But if it’s just a ‘flu epidemic, why has China locked down five or more large cities in the region where the Coronavirus outbreak started? Road and rail and air travel out of Wuhan has been stopped. And that means that internal trade inside China in this region has also stopped. And supermarket shelves have been emptied. When will they be restocked?
One reason why the Chinese might be worried about this outbreak is that it might not be just another ‘flu epidemic, and it is that there’s a laboratory that studies dangerous pathogens in Wuhan. Are they worried that the new virus has come from there, and not from some street market as has been suggested?
Locking down entire huge cities – larger than London or New York – is something that hasn’t been done before, and nobody seems to know whether it’s possible. How must the citizens feel, locked in their cities with empty supermarkets on the day that the Chinese New Year starts? Not happy, I imagine.
Here in the UK there are now 14 suspected cases of Coronavirus, of which 6 have been cleared. How long does it take them to do the tests? A day? Two days? A week?
I get the feeling that the UK authorities are either not much bothered., or are playing it all down:
Public health bosses urge 2,000 recent arrivals from China to call NHS if they feel ill and GPs are told to shut suspected coronavirus victims in consultation rooms as 14 people are tested in UK
Isn’t that good to know, that Chinese visitors to the UK are being encouraged to phone the NHS if they feel a tad unwell?
ZeroHedge, the Guardian, and the Independent all started live stream reporting on the Coronavirus outbreak yesterday, but only the Guardian seems to have continued today.
Meanwhile in Wuhan, they’re building a 1000-bed hospital in double-quick time:
A new 1000-bed hospital is being built in Wuhan specifically to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and authorities plan to have it running by Monday, state media outlet Changjiang Daily reports.
Construction began on Thursday night with machinery, including 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers, arriving at the site.
If they’re doing that, then they must expect a lot more cases. And in fact, Wuhan hospitals are already overflowing, with new patients being turned away. So they’ll probably just be catching up with the backlog.
And what about this?
BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION & OTHERS PREDICTED UP TO 65 MILLION DEATHS VIA CORONAVIRUS – IN SIMULATION RAN 3 MONTHS AGO!
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted a pandemic exercise in late 2019 that simulated a global coronavirus outbreak.
They also just happen to fund the group who owns the patent to the deadly virus and are working on a vaccine to solve the crisis.
On June 19, 2015, the UK government-funded Pirbright Institute filed an application for a patent for the live coronavirus, which was approved on Nov 20, 2018.
It’s a patent virus??? And it’s a UK outfit that owns the patent???
We’ll know in a week or two, I guess, whether this is something serious or not. Chances are still good that it’s not.