There’s been a run of surgical masks in the US because of the coronavirus scare. You don’t need them, physicians say

In Wuhan, China, where the novel coronavirus has killed at least 106 people and sickened 4,515 more, wearing face masks is mandatory. Half a world way in the US, major retailers are selling out of basic surgical masks amid panic from consumers.(So far, there have been five confirmed cases of coronavirus here.) Surgical masks are […]

Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China

THE LANCET We hope our study findings will inform the global community of the emergence of this novel coronavirus and its clinical features. By Jan 2, 2020, 41 admitted hospital patients were identified as laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV infection in Wuhan. 20 [49%]) of the 2019-nCoV-infected patients were aged 25–49 years, and 14 (34%) were aged 50–64 […]

Coronavirus will test the Trump administration’s ability to handle a crisis

For Trump’s critics, a global pandemic has long loomed as the ultimate doomsday scenario, one that would strain a chaotic leader and expose the corners of government they claim have been hollowed out during his tenure. That prediction, so far, hasn’t materialized. But it will likely be tested as health experts prepare for more cases […]

White House tells airlines it may suspend all China-US flights amid coronavirus outbreak

The White House has told airline executives it’s considering suspending flights from China to the U.S. amid an escalating outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected thousands of people across the world, people familiar with the matter said. The Trump administration is looking at a variety of measures to contain the fast-spreading virus that […]

China coronavirus: death toll reaches 131 as number of cases surpasses that of Sars

The number of confirmed cases of the rapidly spreading coronavirus infection in mainland China has reached 5,496, health authorities said on Wednesday, a total that surpasses that of Sars, the epidemic in 2003 that killed more than 600 people worldwide. The death toll has climbed to 131, they announced, with 840 newly confirmed cases in […]


The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order […]

Starbucks closes more than half of its China stores amid coronavirus

In announcing first quarter sales that topped Wall Street’s expectations, the coffee giant said that the virus’ spread forced it to shutter more than half of its 4,100 stores in its second-largest market — the impact of which is expected to show up next quarter. China is Starbucks’ second-largest market, but also its fastest growing. […]

Coronavirus Outbreak: Companies Halt Operations And Restrict Employee Travel To China

Investment banks, such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and UBS with operations in China and adjacent counties, are telling staff to stay at home and put off any non-essential travel to the region. As a precaution, employees returning from mainland China are forced—for the health and safety of the other employees—to work from home for […]

Why the coronavirus 2020 will be much harder to contain than SARS 2003

Most inopportune propaganda moment in totalitarian history! Must-see photo album of 2019: Ever marvel at the grand facilities that connect all parts of China? We present the most impressive transportation facilities of the year. — People's Daily, China (@PDChina) January 28, 2020

Four now infected in Bavaria from Chinese colleague

The disease, which has killed nearly 100 people in China, has now infected four people in Bavaria. All four instances are thought to be connected to the recent visit of a Chinese work colleague to the area. The German Health Ministry confirmed late on Tuesday that three further cases of thenew dangerous strain of coronavirus […]

Welcome to the Belt and Road Pandemic There’s one difference between the Wuhan virus and previous outbreaks in the region: China is now impossible to quarantine.

Yi Guan of the University of Hong Kong, a veteran virologist who worked on the SARS epidemic, told the Chinese news agency Caixin, “I’ve seen it all: bird flu, SARS, influenza A, swine fever, and the rest. But the Wuhan pneumonia makes me feel extremely powerless. Most of the past epidemics were controllable, but this […]

Tears, fear and panic grip China as coronavirus spreads

Shared grief, suspicion and multiplying tensions have seized this nation. Since the central government takeover of China’s virus response last week, state media has broadcast a steady stream of inspirational reports about heroic Chinese people uniting to fight the unseen enemy, confident in the party’s leadership. Over and over again, the government repeats: Trust us. […]

Chinese passengers in Japan refuse to fly with people from Wuhan – things to come?

The airport quarrel broke out when one middle-aged woman from Shanghai discovered a number of people sitting opposite to her in the airport lounge talking to each other in the Wuhan dialect, according to a blog written by Chinese journalist Xu Jingbo, citing eyewitnesses. The woman then saw the Wuhan passengers ‘shoving’ fever-reducing medicine into […]

German coronavirus patient is first human-to-human case in Europe

A German man acquired the infection from a colleague who had returned from Wuhan, according to news reports and a statement from Bavaria’s health ministry. In a 27 January update, the World Health Organization confirmed that a person in Vietnam acquired the virus from an infected family member. And media reports indicated today that a […]

Thayer and Han: China’s biological ‘Chernobyl’: Different country, same lies

China’s recent deadly coronavirus outbreak, commencing in Wuhan in early December 2019 and rapidly spreading throughout the country and world, demonstrates that dictatorship can  exacerbate a disaster, whether it is naturally occurring or manmade, such as the Soviet Sverdlovsk anthrax outbreak in 1979. The pandemic is China’s Chernobyl. While the Chinese authorities initially reported about […]

Sri Lanka Identifies First Coronavirus Infection, Chinese Tourist Discovered Sick on Her Departure

Sri Lanka suspended its policy of granting visa on arrival for Chinese travelers on Tuesday, a day after the health authorities detected the country’s first coronavirus infection. Sudath Suraweera, the chief epidemiologist of the country’s health ministry, said on Monday that a 40-year-old Chinese woman was found positive for the virus. “She arrived on January […]

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