Coronavirus Updates

Update 4/5/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,273,499 with 69,451 fatalities. The US has 336,673 cases with 9,616 fatalities. Washington state has 7,984 cases with 338 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 220 confirmed cases, 63 probable cases, and 14 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 326 cases with 9 fatalities. Spain has 131,646 cases with 12,641 fatalities. Italy has 128,948 cases with 15,887 fatalities. Germany has 100,123 cases. Iran 58,226 cases. UK has 47,806 cases with 4,934 fatalities. A second migrant facility in Greece has entered quarantine after a resident tested positive for coronavirus. The Netherlands is still trying to avoid a complete lockdown and trying instead “intelligent lockdown.”

Update 4/4/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,201,933 with 64,716 fatalities. The US has 311,854 cases with 8,452 fatalities. Washington state has 7,591 cases with 314 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 197 confirmed cases, 59 probable cases, and 14 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 363 cases with 12 fatalities. More than 850 hospital employees in Massachusetts have tested positive for COVID-19. Spain passes Italy in case total with 124,870 to Italy’s 124,632. Italy still has higher fatalities with 15,362 to Spain’s 11,818. Germany has 95,614 cases.  France has 89,953 cases with 7,560 fatalities.

Update 4/3/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,098,762 with 59,172 fatalities. The US has 277,467 cases with 7,402 fatalities. The CDC recommends that all Americans wear a mask when the must go out in public. The US unemployment rate rose to 4.3%. US dairy farmers being asked to dump their milk because of supply chain woes. US Navy captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was relieved of command after publicly criticizing naval response to the outbreak on his carrier. The captain’s exposure of the incompetence of high military leadership was deemed by those leaders to be “extremely poor judgment.” Washington state has 6,966 cases with 291 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 181 confirmed cases, 54 probable cases, and 14 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 289 cases with 7 fatalities. Italy has 119,827 cases with 14,681 fatalities. Spain has 119,199 cases with 11,198 fatalities, drawing close to Italy. Germany has 91,159 cases. The UK has over 38,000 cases with 3,605 fatalities. France has more than 64,000 cases with 6,507 fatalities.

Update 4/2/2020:  Confirmed cases 1,015,877 with 53,218 fatalities. The US has 245,193 cases with 6,088 fatalities. A record 6.6 million jobless claims were filed last week. Washington state has 6,585 cases with 272 fatalities. Washington state extends stay at home order to May 4th. Yakima Health District has 240 cases with 6 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 171 confirmed cases, 52 probable cases, and 9 fatalities. New Jersey authorizes the commandeering of services and property necessary to fight the virus. NY governor says that new projections show the virus tapering off by August. New York City tells people to wear masks in public. Amazon has banned the sale of N95 and surgical masks to the general public. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the military will kill quarantine violators on the spot. Spain has over 112,000 cases and over 10,000 fatalities; Spain’s numbers may be starting to level. Iran passes 50,000 cases. Germany has over 84,000 cases. Italy has 115,242 cases and 13,915 fatalities, but new cases and deaths appear to be leveling out. Italy’s fatality rate remains around 12.1%.

Update 4/1/2020:  Confirmed cases 935,189 with 47,192 fatalities. The US has 215,003 cases with 5,102 fatalities. Washington state has 5,844 cases with 250 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 224 cases with 6 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 141 confirmed cases, 48 probable cases, and 7 fatalities. A six-week old infant has passed away in Connecticut from the virus. Florida issues a stay at home order. Hawaii says everyone should wear a mask when leaving home. Yesterday, President Trump warned the US to get ready for two very painful weeks. Italy has 110,574 cases with 13,155 fatalities. Spain has 104,118 cases with 9,387 fatalities. Germany has 77,981 cases. France 56,989 cases. Iran over 47,000 cases. Japan closes borders to UK and US citizens and 71 other countries. Jia county in China locks down movement after a new outbreak. Israel has asked all Israelis to wear face masks in public.

Update 3/31/2020:  Confirmed cases 854,039 with 42,017 fatalities. The US has 185,270 cases with 3,780 fatalities. Washington state has 5,300 cases with 223 fatalities. Benton County cases are testing positive at a rate 16%, more than double the state average. Franklin county is at double the state rate at 15%. This could be because of limited testing or a deeper problem. In Washington state, Snohomish County is opening an isolation and quarantine site in downtown Everett. Firefighters and first responders are seeking donations of protective gear. Social distancing appears to be slowing the spread in the Seattle area. The number of US deaths has surpassed those from the 9/11 attacks. NY governor says, “It’s more powerful, it’s more dangerous than we expected.” Italy has 105,792 cases with 12,428 fatalities. Spain has 95,923 cases with 8,464 fatalities. France and the US pass China’s total fatalities. Brazil, Portugal and Canada all record over 1,000 new cases, joining eight other countries adding at least four-digit increases per day.

Update 3/30/2020:  Confirmed cases 785,409 with 37,807 fatalities. The US has 164,121 cases with 3,163 fatalities. Washington state has 5,250 cases with 210 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 161 cases with 3 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 97 confirmed cases, 42 probable cases, and 5 fatalities. New York state passes 1,300 deaths. The USNS Comfort hospital ship has docked in New York. Washington, DC issues stay at home order. Italy has 101,739 cases with 11,592 fatalities. Spain has 87,956 cases with 7,716 fatalities. Germany has 66,885 cases. South Korea begins seeing sustained increases in cases again. In some areas of the US and the world, officials are cracking down on what kinds of products may be sold by the stores that remain open, demanding that only “necessities” be allowed for purchase, i.e. no entertainment, educational, or luxury items. EasyJet airline stops all commercial flights. India’s lockdown causes a mass exodus of city day-workers trying to get to their home villages.

Update 3/29/2020:  Confirmed cases 721,562 with 33,965 fatalities. The US has 142,004 cases with 2,484 fatalities. President Trump extends federal mitigation efforts/social distancing recommendations until the end of April. US healthcare workers are beginning to speak out about the shortages of protective equipment, ventilators, and conditions in hospitals. Washington state has 4,392 cases with 195 fatalities. Yakima Health District has 140 cases with 2 fatalities. Benton Franklin Health District has 72 cases and 5 fatalities.  Florida has opened checkpoints on the border to prevent infected individuals from hot spots from entering the state. Texas has opened checkpoints to ensure Louisianans entering the state register and quarantine for 14 days. See one such interview below. Italy has 97,689 cases with 10,779 fatalities. Spain has 80,031 cases with 6,802 fatalities. Germany has 62,095 cases. France has passed 40,000. The UK is now approaching 20,000 cases with 1,228 fatalities.

Update 3/28/2020:  Confirmed cases 662,852 with 30,847 fatalities. The US has 123,428 cases with 2,211 fatalities. The first US infant death has been confirmed in Chicago. A 25-year old man with no underlying health conditions has passed away in California from Covid-19. Washington state has 4,310 cases with 189 fatalities. A doctor in Bellingham has been fired for criticizing the hospital’s virus response. The Yakima Health District has 82 cases with 2 fatalities. The Benton Franklin Health District has 54 confirmed cases and 5 fatalities and and another 21 probable cases. Italy has 92,472 cases with 10,023 fatalities. Spain has 73,235 cases with 5,982 fatalities. Germany has 57,695 cases. The city of Wuhan, China partially re-opens after two months of lockdown. Russia is fully closing its borders beginning Monday. The first NHS surgeon in UK dies from coronavirus after volunteering to work frontline. In India, the lockdown only gave four hours notice; millions have been left jobless, foodless and without money by the shutdown, sparking an exodus from major cities. Continue reading “Coronavirus Updates”

US Declares a Public Health Emergency

One day after the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the United States has declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency.

As a result of confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby determine that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.

01/31/2020
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Alex M. Azar II

Continue reading “US Declares a Public Health Emergency”

Doom and Bloom Webinar: Viral Health Threats Facing America, Jan. 30

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Peak Prosperity: Coronavirus Is Worse Than You’ve Been Told

Dr. Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity has a PhD in pathogenic biology. He’s not a practicing doctor, but he does have an understanding of viruses. In this video he gives an overview of the dangers of the coronavirus and explains why the airport screening methods in use are only security theater.

Doom and Bloom: Coronavirus

The Altons at Doom and Bloom medical have a short article up on what is a coronavirus and basic prophylaxis. The article was published on Jan. 22nd, so the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths have risen.

Masks Mandatory in Wuhan

Last week, we reported on a mysterious ailment first reported Dec. 8th, 2019, in Wuhan, China. Wuhan is the seventh most populous city in China with 11 million people. The previously unknown disease is now identified as a type of coronavirus. Medical officials are currently classifying it as a “class B” disease, which puts it in the same category as HIV/AIDS and Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The rapidity and spread of the disease is impressive: When I began writing this article earlier in the day, there were 440 cases and 9 deaths, up from 200 cases last week. Later in the day, 555 cases and 17 deaths have been verified and other provinces in China are beginning to report cases.

(Note: I first reported on Ebola in early 2014, when 86 cases were reported. The epidemic eventually reached a total of 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths.)

Chinese authorities have taken the drastic measure of placing the entire city of Wuhan under quarantine, including the suspension of train and airline service, a step that suggests that many more cases are still unreported.

(1/23 update: Several U.S. airports are now conducting health screenings)

Although little is known at this point about the virus, it is certain that the disease is respiratory in nature and that human-to-human transmission (including medical personnel) is likely. For most respiratory infections, contagion is usually by airborne particles.

The first U.S. case has just been identified in a 30-year-old man from the state of Washington who recently arrived from China. Similar coronavirus victims have been found in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea, almost all traced to an origin in Wuhan.

ABOUT CORONAVIRUSES

Fever may not be present in all patients including: young, elderly, immunosuppressed or taking fever-reducing medications; many only have respiratory symptoms

The Wuhan virus is from the same family of coronaviruses as SARS, which killed over 800 people worldwide in an outbreak toward the end of 2002. It is also similar to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), another epidemic disease. Although not officially named, the new virus is designated 2019-nCOV.

Coronaviruses are viruses made from RNA genetic material. One of the larger RNA viruses, coronavirus is so named from the Latin “corona” (crown or halo), from projections on the virus which give the appearance of a crown.

Coronaviruses are thought to be responsible for a large number of common colds in humans. Coronavirus colds seem to be associated with more major symptoms like fever or sore throat than colds caused by rhinoviruses, another common cause. 2019-nCOV seems to cause even worse respiratory symptoms than the typical coronavirus. Coronaviruses can also lead to pneumonia, either directly or through a secondary bacterial infection due to a weakened immune system.

ABILITY TO CONTAIN THE VIRUS

Coronavirus has crown-like projections

Chinese officials are probably wise to enact quarantine orders, as there is only one lab (called a Biosafety Level 4 lab or BSL-4) in their entire country with the capability of handling severe outbreaks. Luckily for them, it is located in Wuhan. The facility can care for victims of highly contagious diseases like SARS, Ebola, etc.

Personnel in a BSL-4 lab are subject to the strictest protocols: They must change their clothing on entering and shower upon exiting. Full-body hazmat suits must be worn while working in the lab and decontaminated afterwards. The facility is required to be a separate building or a wing properly isolated with separate air filtration systems.

The chances of spread of the new coronavirus is increased by the upcoming Chinese New Year, when it is thought that millions of Chinese citizens will be traveling throughout the world.

(1/22 Update: China has just issued a travel ban for the city of Wuhan; public transportation in the city is also suspended)

Having learned lessons from our experience with Ebola, the United States is better prepared to deal with highly contagious outbreaks of infection.

HISTORY OF RECENT VIRAL OUTBREAKS IN CHINA

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The presence of any biosafety 4 lab (BSL-4) inside China at all is due to the 2003 viral SARS outbreak. SARS reached epidemic proportions quickly, with 8000 cases leading to 750 deaths worldwide. Chinese authorities hope to have 7 such units built by 2025, but only the Wuhan lab is operational.

Although the use of face masks is common (and wise) in China, Wuhan has declared their use manadatory while in crowded locations. This requirement is causing a shortage of masks in the area, which could eventually lead to the same worldwide.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND OTHER VIRUS OUTBREAKS

As of yet, no cure nor vaccine is available to combat coronavirus. Treatment at present focuses on treating symptoms and supporting a victim through the infection, while protecting the healthy from the disease.

Contagious illnesses like coronavirus, however, may morph into epidemics, or is widely distributed enough, pandemics. If you are preparedness-minded, you might consider a personal protection “pandemic kit” (or several) and plan out how you would care for a person with a contagious disease if the hospitals were full. Have you thought about what goes into putting together an effective epidemic sick room?

The CDC recommends:

  •  Washing your hands with soap and water frequently
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands
  • Avoid close contact with sick people

If you are sick, you can protect others by:

  • Staying home until fully recovered
  •  Avoiding close contact with others
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Keep objects and surfaces in your home or workspace clean and disinfected (bleach mixed 1:10 with water will do)

Alhough the CDC isn’t recommending this as of yet, having a supply of N95 face masks isn’t a bad idea.

By the way, while I was writing this, I received a notice sent to all physicians in the state of Florida, warning about….coronoavirus.

Doom and Bloom Medical: Coronavirus: The Next Pandemic?

 

The Medic Shack: Coronavirus, 2019NcoV. Do We Need to Be Worried?

Organic Prepper: Pandemic Preparedness

Daisy at The Organic Prepper has an article up about the Wuhan Coronavirus and what you can do now to prepare. From what is currently known, this coronavirus has approximately a 2% mortality rate. That is considerably lower than some other viruses that have made the news over the years, but while it is low it is about the same as the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed millions around 1918. Should you be worrying? It’s too early to tell right now. We don’t know if containment will be achieved or how easily it may spread. But if not this one, at some point another pandemic will sweep the world causing mass casualties, so it is good to have some preparation for the event.

…In Wuhan, supermarket shelves were empty and local markets sold out of produce as residents hoarded supplies and isolated themselves at home. Petrol stations were overwhelmed as drivers stocked up on fuel, exacerbated by rumours that reserves had run out. Local residents said pharmacies had sold out of face masks.

“When I saw the news when I woke up, I felt like I was going to go crazy. This is a little too late now. The government’s measures are not enough,” said Xiao, 26, a primary schoolteacher in Wuhan, who asked not to give her full name.

Few pedestrians were out and families cancelled plans to get together for the new year holiday. Special police forces were seen patrolling railway stations. Residents and all government workers are now required to wear face masks while in public spaces. Most outbound flights from the city’s Tianhe airport were cancelled. (source)

Those who wish to be prepared should note the speed at which quarantines were put in place in China. Don’t delay placing orders for supplies, fueling up your vehicle, and adding last-minute preps to your stockpile. You may already have many of the supplies you need, so be sure to do an inventory before panic-buying.

However, if you discover you do need supplies, get them now. If you wait until a quarantine is announced, you’ve waited too long and you’ll be out there fighting for resources with everyone else in your area.

Whatever your plan is, don’t delay taking action. Otherwise, you might find yourself in the same situation as 20 million Chinese people who were suddenly quarantined.

Click here to read the entire article at The Organic Prepper.