Monday, Feb 3:
As of Monday evening there were more than 19,700 confirmed cases in more than two dozen countries, the vast majority of them in China, according to the World Health Organization. There have been at least 425 deaths in China, and one in the Philippines.
A pandemic is described as a disease that spreads across a large region, across continents and even the entire globe. The coronavirus is reportedly spreading at a similar pace to influenza compared to the slow-moving SARS and MERS, according to the New York Times.
“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told the paper.
Sunday, Feb 2:
Three more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in California on Sunday, including two people in San Benito County, bringing the total number of U.S. cases to 11. The first death outside of China was reported in the Philippines on Sunday
There are at least 17,373 confirmed cases worldwide, with the majority in China, the World Health Organization said. There are 362 deaths worldwide — more than the death toll of SARS — with 360 of those deaths in China.
Saturday, Feb 1:
8th U.S. case of coronavirus confirmed in Massachusetts
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases keeps rising. As of Saturday, there were 12,036 cases globally, and an eighth case was confirmed in the United States.
U.S. officials on Friday declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency.
As a result of the declaration, foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the last two weeks and aren’t immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be temporarily banned from entering the U.S., according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Azar also announced that anyone entering the U.S. who has been in China’s Hubei province in the last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.
Friday, Jan 31:
9,776 confirmed cases of Wuhan Coronavirus globally.
213 deaths attributed to the virus.
Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang and Vice mayor Xu Honglan spoke to reporters in a news conference. Xianwang said the efforts to contain the virus are “severe and complex” as the number of confirmed cases grows. There is also concern over a shortage of medical supplies and masks, Honglan explained.
Thursday, Jan 30:
8,236 confirmed cases globally
World Health Organization declared a global health emergency Thursday as the Coronavirus continues to spread. The WHO announcement the decision at a meeting, after 19 nations confirmed patients with the virus. Moreover, on Thursday the United States confirmed its first person to person transmission of the virus.
The WHO declaration is also known as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and gives notice to United Nations member states about the global health emergency. When this happens, countries can decide what is best for them to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
For example, they can close their borders, screen passengers coming into the country or cancel flights. Individual nations can also take other measures to help stop, or contain the virus.
Tuesday, Jan 28:
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 restrictions could affect flights into and out of China, as well as airports across the United States, the officials said.
U.S. health officials are fast-tracking work on a coronavirus vaccine, hoping to start an early-stage trial within the next three months, the Trump administration said. That timeline is optimistic, and a phase 1 trial does not mean “you have a vaccine that’s ready for deployment,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
United Airlines plans to suspend some China flights next month because of a “significant decline in demand” for service to the country as it battles the growing number of coronavirus cases. The flight cancellations take effect Feb. 1 and last through Feb. 8.
Top U.S. health officials and infectious disease specialists held a news conference Tuesday morning on the coronavirus outbreak. The briefing, hosted by U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar, was held at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield will also speak, as well as representatives from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) January 28, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has killed 107 people and infected 4,474 people in China, state-run newspaper the People’s Daily reported on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of State on Monday raised its travel advisory for China from Level 2 to Level 3 asking Americans to “reconsider travel to China due to the novel coronavirus.” They added that some areas have “added risk.”
Monday, Jan 27:
The death toll in China had risen to at least 80 by Monday. Most of those deaths, 76 people, were in the central province of Hubei, the center of the outbreak. Shanghai, a city of 24 million, recorded its first death on Saturday.
Across China there have been 2,744 confirmed cases, of which 1,423 cases were in Hubei. The youngest confirmed case is a 9-month-old girl in Beijing.
Thailand and Hong Kong have each reported eight cases of infection; the United States, Taiwan, Australia and Macau have five each; Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia each have reported four; France has three; Canada and Vietnam have two, and Nepal has one.
There have been no deaths from the virus reported outside China.
Sunday, Jan 26:
The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus now stands at 80, with almost 2,800 cases confirmed across China, as the country initiates emergency procedures to try and rein in the pathogen’s global spread.
A fifth U.S. case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Arizona’s Maricopa County. A statement released on Sunday from the Arizona Department of Health Services described the patient as “a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing.”
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. Click here for more from CDC.
NBC News reported that, two more cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in the U.S., bringing the national total to four. The new cases are both in California — one each in Los Angeles County and Orange County — in addition to one case in Washington state and another in Chicago.
The State Department is reportedly ordering an evacuation of American employees at the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan amid a deadly coronavirus outbreak in the central Chinese city.
The department said in an email Sunday that it is arranging a flight from Wuhan to San Francisco on Tuesday as part of an effort to relocate diplomats and some private U.S. citizens
Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering launched tracking map website of the Wuhan ‘coronavirus’ as it appears to be rapidly spreading around the globe. The website tracks the spread of the deadly virus in real time and provides valuable information for people who want to understand what is happening and know more about the spread of this flu.
News reports of the virus and the increasing infections, along with the death toll, is frightening enough when you don’t understand what it really means and if it could potentially affect you or members of your family.
The website also offers a blog that explains almost everything you need to know about the virus. I have to admit I was more concerned about how rapid the virus is traveling and with two cases now confirmed in the United States having more resources to understand it helps alleviate that concern.
The Coronavirus Updated Blog
The Johns Hopkins University blog on the Coronavirus brings home how quickly this virus has traveled since it was first reported to the World Health Organization:
“On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of an outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown cause” detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China – the seventh-largest city in China with 11 million residents. As of January 23, there are over 800 cases of 2019-nCoV confirmed globally, including cases in at least 20 regions in China and nine countries/territories. The first reported infected individuals, some of whom showed symptoms as early as December 8, were discovered to be among stallholders from the Wuhan South China Seafood Market. Subsequently, the wet market was closed on Jan 1. The virus causing the outbreak was quickly determined to be a novel coronavirus. On January 10, gene sequencing further determined it to be the new Wuhan coronavirus, namely 2019-nCoV, a betacoronavirus, related to the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus (SARSCoV). However, the mortality and transmissibility of 2019-nCoV are still unknown, and likely to vary from those of the prior referenced coronaviruses.”
Johns Hopkins Civil Engineering Professor Lauren Gardner worked with the center to build the map and website.
It “displays up-to-the-minute statistics from various sources: the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC), and two other sites,” the press release states.
For more on the Johns Hopkins ‘Coronavirus tracking map go here.