China seems to remain the breeding ground for new and dangerous viral outbreaks. This year’s special is WARS (Wuhan-originated Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
RELAX, PROBABLY JUST A COINCIDENCE. Doctor at hospital in Wuhan dies after treating patients with coronavirus. “A doctor working at a hospital in Wuhan, China — treating patients stricken with the coronavirus — died Saturday morning. Liang Wudong, 62, died after he was infected with Wuhan coronavirus.”
By Glenn Instapundit Reynolds
We can’t know how bad it is in China. We can only know that the PRC government will lie about how bad it is, and the worse it is, the more they will lie.
UPDATE: Weird, I searched N95 respirators on Amazon and an awful lot of them appear to be backordered.
On the other hand, there’s this: Don’t buy the media hype over the new China virus.
ANOTHER UPDATE: On the other hand, in the comments people are invoking John Ringo. I don’t want to live in a John Ringo novel.
MORE: For what it’s worth, here’s a Quora thread on what it’s like inside the quarantine zone in Wuhan City, with posts from people there, and from people in contact with friends and relatives there. No idea how representative or reliable they are, of course.
And this seems like good news: Israeli in coronavirus epicenter Wuhan: It’s impossible to get out. Though in China that probably just means you haven’t bribed the right people.
STILL MORE: John Ringo appears in the comments because of course! “I don’t want to live in a John Ringo novel, either.” At least it’s not one of the Posleen books.
MORE STILL: Some informed speculation here.
There are confirmed cases in the United States (WA, CA, and AZ) and suspected cases in IL, NY, NC. Could be nothing, could be another case of a deadly virus in China proving to be a non-event in the United States (SARS/MERS/MARS). Since there appears to be an 8-14 day incubation period, now would be a very good time to avoid crowds and practice pro-active hygiene.
Confirmed cases are now at 2,882, with the vast bulk of those in China.
From the comment thread:
And that would be what Robert Heinlein referred to as “bad luck.”
Infections in mainland China are back on an exponential curve:
And remain so: