5 Million Cases Worldwide, 650,000 Deaths Annually: The Seasonal Flu Virus is a “Serious Concern”, But the Wuhan Coronavirus Grabs the Headlines - Tom Clifford Reporting from Beijing
By Tom Clifford - 27. January 2020
The common flu virus will infect millions across the globe. It can be easily spread and will especially strike the young and the elderly. But this is not what has been described as the Wuhan virus. The common flu is far deadlier. This is not to downplay the Wuhan coronavirus flu, or to give it its medical name, 2019-nCoV [now COVID-19]..
The common flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide and kills up to 650,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization .
In the US:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses for the 2019-2020 season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. The CDC reports there have been 54 reported flu-related pediatric deaths this season from Influenza B viruses. (The Hill)
Keeping track of Wuhan virus figures is difficult, not least because of the two-week incubation period. The coronavirus outbreak, which is concentrated in Wuhan, a major transport hub in central eastern China, has so far killed 56 and infected almost 2,000. [N.B.: All figures quoted in this article for the coranavirus pertain to late January 2020 - and many believe the figures are not correct.]
The initial symptoms of coronavirus are typically similar to those of a cold or flu, which means it is hard for people to know if they are infected, especially given that the outbreak has coincided with flu season. The mayor of Wuhan said on Sunday evening that he expected another 1,000 or so new cases. But the National Health Commission in Beijing said the number of people currently under medical observation for the virus is 30,453. This raises immediate questions about how and where they are being observed.
The response to the outbreak has been criticized with people complaining that announcing restrictions hours before they could be properly implemented allowed people to evade quarantine. The strict restrictions also risk causing resentment and distrust of authorities and the health messages they deliver.
A massive construction effort is being undertaken in Wuhan to build a 1,000-bed hospital for the virus patients.
In the past week [mid January], the number of confirmed infections has more than tripled and cases have been found in 13 provinces in China, as well as the municipalities Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin. The virus has also been confirmed in Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.
The virus seems to have a 3 percent mortality rate. However, this could be an overestimate since there may be a far larger pool of people who have been infected by the virus but who have not suffered severe enough symptoms to attend hospital and so have not been counted in the data.
Consequently, it is difficult to gauge just how contagious it is. A crucial difference is that unlike flu, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, which means it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.
The common flu does not grab the headlines. But attach a foreign name to a virus – such as Ebola, Zika and Wuhan – and then the headlines flow.
Apart from the obvious health concerns, there is a political dimension. Some countries, including the US, France, Australia and Japan have suggested that they want to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan and nearby areas. Just how this would take place is unclear.
Images of foreigners being airlifted or bussed out of Wuhan, while Chinese citizens remain, could see passions rise. At the very least, it will appear that there is special treatment for foreigners.
The streets of Beijing this morning are eerily quiet. Residents of the capital would normally be celebrating Chinese new year, the year of the rat, that started on Saturday, by attending temple fairs.
All such fairs have been cancelled. Apart from the family fun on offer at the fairs, they provide a setting where families can pay homage to deceased relatives. Fake money and food would be burnt to appease the spirits of the deceased and ensure good health prosperity for the year ahead.
There is no anger on the streets but a sense of confusion and apprehension. This coming week should see hundreds of millions of people return from the hometowns where the celebrated the new year to their cities of work.
A clearer picture will then emerge of the scale of the problems facing the authorities.
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The following is circulated on the internet (re-published for information and reasearch only - CAVEAT: no advise!!!)
About two years ago a level-4 (the highest level, most highly secured) Research&Development BioWarefare Lab was constructed in Wuhan / China.
Known as Wuhan 34. GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE WAS AND IS FULLY AWARE OF THIS.
The Chinese public was told that the Wuhan 34 facility was a civilian use only, virus R@D lab. The facility is actually a Top Secret Bio-Warfare agent MILITARY lab. The public is not being told this.
There are very obvious reasons why this information has not been released publicly. Bio and Chemical weapons are outlawed globally. The USA has designed methods to work around these agreements. Binary chemical weapons are non-toxic until they are released and explode.... then mixing two different "glass" tubes of non-toxic chemicals in a bomb --- creating a very toxic mix.
BIGEYE - Same concept goes for bio weapons. So each country can say they have no such dangerous weapons in stock inventory. Because they are not toxic unless activated, they are legal under the treaties. There is an antidote...a vaccine.
UV can be used to destroy the virus, if the UV dosage/time is high enough. A water solution with powdered pool bleach is effective. [ed note: the powdered bleach is a very effective oxidizer, is cheap, widely available and has a long shelf life]
Latex gloves are useless. It’s porous, 100 micron holes and the virus is less than 5 microns. Study the Army NBC Manuals for more information (https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=1035).
There are a few things an ordinary person can do to survive, if infected.
40,000 IU of D3 until pneumonia symptoms cease.
Before becoming ill, folic acid (to raise White Blood Cells) and drinks, acidic such as strong lemon drinks and increasing oxygen intake, which changes the pH of the blood.
Hyperventilation as a last resort.
Humans exposed to the virus have an incubation period of 15 days before any symptoms that are detectable appear.
Isolate yourself from others and have food sources that are dated prior to about three weeks ago. There are bigger fish that may strike soon but hopefully miracles will happen
Meditation and quieting during the solitude should be very helpful.
Transmitted via body fluids, eyes, mouth, nose, tears, coughs, talking, sweating, sharing food et cetera. The transmission rate is double anything seen in the past 200 years. One infected carrier yields 14 more infected.
Eating fruit and vegetables and canned foods and bottled drinks also paying attention to their manufacturing sources.
Specifically Liquorice (Licorice) extracts have been used in herbalism and traditional medicine. Glycyrrhizinic acid has been proven to destroy a coronavirus. WARNING: Excessive consumption of liquorice (more than 2 mg/kg/day of pure glycyrrhizinic acid, a liquorice component) may result in adverse effects,such as hypokalemia, increased blood pressure, and muscle weakness.