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    Exclamation CDC Confirms Coronavirus Case In Seattle, Expects More Cases To Come

    CDC Confirms Coronavirus Case In Seattle, Expects More Cases To Come

    This is bad.
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    I'm certainly no expert on such issues but I did note the following item in the ZeroHedge article linked to by Bear in the OP:

    According to Bloomberg, the US case has been revealed to be a man in his 30s who returned to the US last week, but not before visiting a public market in Wuhan...
    What jumps out from this is:

    ** The sick person in Washington state was in Red China just recently.

    ** Not only in China but also apparently visited the region, Wuhan, where the virus first erupted.

    ** Worse still he apparently was in a local market which is suspect as a ground zero for the virus.

    ** Mindless free travel back to CONUS was outrageous. The failure of public health officials to block from happening is inexcusable.

    ** The question remains regarding P2P transmission versus a localized hot spot (the Wuhan market). Determining that will take a little time In my limited understanding.
    Last edited by Ben Sunday; 01-21-2020 at 05:19 PM. Reason: solitary typo

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    The market in Wuhan is almost certainly a 'wet market.'

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    Health official in WA press conference: officials want to get the plane ticket from the US resident who has the virus so they can learn what other airport(s) he was in on his trip, but the individual has yet to give the ticket to officials
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post

    This is bad.

    That is the understatement of the year.
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    Then we had kingdoms. They were run by kings.
    Now we have countries...

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    It's not good, but it probably isn't that bad either. The rate of spread suggests that there must be a lot of low or asymptomatic cases, which will bring the fatality rate down a lot once they start to get counted. Fatalities always look much worse for new diseases in the early days. SARS, for example, dropped from about a 70% mortality rate to about 14% as the epidemic went on. Part of that was due to use of antivirals, but mostly it was just getting a better count of the infected. And that number counts mostly people who were hospitalized, so the actual mortality rate is likely to be lower. In comparison the mortality rate for influenza hospitalizations is about 6%.

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    Global Health Officials On High Alert As Wuhan Virus Makes US Landfall
    "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time." (Dn 12:1)

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    Corona = interesting symbolic name.

    Corona [Crown] is also the name of a constellation, Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.

    Serpens, the serpent constellation is poised to seize the crown... while being held back by the constellation Ophiuchus, the hero.

    Here is info from Bullinger's famous "Witness of the Stars":


    The struggle with the enemy

    Serpens (the Serpent)
    Ophiuchus (the Serpent Holder)

    " Here, Serpens, the serpent, is seen struggling vainly in the powerful grasp of the man who is named O-phi-u-chus. In Latin he is called Serpentarius. He is at one and the same moment shown to be seizing the serpent with his two hands, and treading on the very heart of the scorpion, marked by the deep red star Antares (wounding)...

    ... In Scorpio we see merely the effort to wound Ophiuchus in the heel; but here we see the effort of the serpent to seize THE CROWN, which is situated immediately over the serpent's head, and to which he is looking up and reaching forth...

    ... The brightest star in the Serpent, a (in the neck), is named Unuk, which means encompassing. another Hebrew name is Alyah, the accursed. From this is Al Hay (Arabic), the reptile. The next brightest star is b (in the jaw), named, in Arabic, Cheleb, or Chelbalrai, the serpent enfolding. The Greek name, Ophiuchus, is itself from the Hebrew and Arabic name Afeichus, which means the serpent held. The brightest star in Ophiuchus, a (in the head), is called Ras al Hagus (Arabic), the head of him who holds..."

    Quotes from Bullinger's "The Witness of the Stars"

    Ironically, it is this group of constellations... the man Ophiuchus stepping on Scorpio while holding a serpent with both hands to prevent the serpent from taking the crown [Corona Borealis]... that is the cover illustration of the copy of this Bullinger book in my library.

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    Default Chinese Officials Warn Of "Virus Mutation Spreading" - 440 Cases Confirmed, 9 Dead

    Chinese Officials Warn Of "Virus Mutation Spreading" - 440 Cases Confirmed, 9 Dead

    by Tyler Durden
    Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:25

    Update (2130ET): North Korea has temporarily closed its borders to foreign tourists, two major operators of tours to the isolated country said, in an apparent effort to seal itself off from a new virus causing global health worries.
    * * *
    Update (2115ET): Chinese officials have just held a press conference that was anything but the usual CDC "everything's ok" statement. The particularly ominous warning that the virus is mutating and spreading is perhaps due to the poor handling of the SARS breakout in 2002/3 which was marked by cover-ups and official reluctance to share information.
    Li Bin, vice head of China's National Health Commission, confirmed there are 440 confirmed coronavirus cases in this new outbreak and there have been 9 deaths. Some 1,394 patients are under medical observation.

    Officials also confirmed Wuhan airport will have screening equipment (and Wuhan citizens have been asked to limit travel) and a nationwide monitoring system is being put in place (one wonders if the social credit score will go down if a citizen contracts the deadly disease).
    Finally, the officials said that they will disclose information in a timely and public way and are doing their best to curb the spread of the disease.
    And all of this is happening as hundreds of millions prepare to travel for the New Year's celebrations.
    “A wave of panic has struck,” said Zhuang Jiapeng, a fund manager at Shenzhen JM Capital Co. “People may feel the urge to bolt after northbound saw its largest selling in months -- foreign buying has been perceived as something of a safety valve. With the virus spreading, there may be a real impact on consumption during the holidays.”
    Long facemasks; Short rats (2020 is year of the rat).
    * * *
    Update (1920ET): Just like we saw during past outbreaks of disease in China, a panicked population has bought up face-masks at such a frantic rate that several of their unscrupulous countrymen have resorted to gouging.
    American brand 3M, a popular manufacturer of facemasks in China, has already sold out on its official online stores on e-commerce platforms Taobao and .
    Meanwhile, guards at the Wuhan airport pointed electronic thermometers at travelers, with plans to segregate anybody showing a fever, an early symptom of the virus.
    Several unscrupulous sellers who bought up masks en bulk are now managing to sell them for more than 10 times their original price. Some retailers were selling the masks for as much as 40 yuan ($7), a more than 10-fold mark-up. Users of Weibo, a Chinese social network similar to Twitter, warned anybody planning to travel to instead consider staying home, and repeatedly washing their hands.
    According to certain sites that track prices of Chinese goods, the masks typically sell for 53 cents.
    At one pharmacy in Shanghai, a shopkeeper named Liu Zhuzhen said more than 100 people had bought masks by noon on Tuesday. They sold out again after a re-stocking.
    * * *
    Update (1600ET): Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Henan, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Brisbane, Taipei -and now Washington State.
    The viral pneumonia-like lung illness first discovered late last year in Wuhan, a mid-sized Chinese city in the center of the country, has Beijing's leadership - who are already grappling with slowing economic growth and continuing trade pressure from the US - very much on edge.
    It's clear now that Beijing's initial response to reports of a new SARS-like virus was to dissemble. After initially insisting that there was no evidence that the virus could be spread by humans, health officials have now admitted that they were "wrong", and that human-to-human transmission is possible, meaning that there's no telling yet just how contagious this thing really is.
    It's already spread rapidly: In just a few weeks, it's gone from a few isolated cases in Wuhan to nearly 300 confirmed cases, not just in Greater China, but also across the Asia-Pacific region, and now in the US. The fact that the CDC has already identified the first case in Washington State suggests that this is an aggressive pathogen, and health officials are duly concerned.

    It has already confounded expectations. The fact that 139 cases - roughly half the total number reported - were only just identified over the weekend is especially unnerving, because now infected hosts have had time to scatter back to wherever they're from, potentially spreading the virus across the planet.
    According to Bloomberg, the US case has been revealed to be a man in his 30s who returned to the US last week, but not before visiting a public market in Wuhan...
    The sudden spike in cases has prompted airports in the US, Australia and elsewhere to tighte illnesses has prompted tightened borders and a rapid attempt to trace contacts of those who have become ill.
    On Wednesday, the World Health Organization will decide whether this crisis qualifies as a public health emergency of international concern, a label signifying only the most complex pathologies with the potential to cross borders. The WHO could recommend that travel be restricted, or that global governments take other drastic measures.
    With global health officials on high alert, local authorities in Wuhan have announced that the city has 800 hospital beds ready in three separate designated care hospitals, and it's ready to have 1,200 prepared at short notice, according to local media reports.
    With the Chinese New Year travel season about to begin, many fear that millions of Chinese traveling abroad or internally for vacation will help the virus spread at an exponential rate. Chinese health officials have played down the possibility of this. But they also say they don't want to underestimate it. After all, the last major outbreak, SARS in 2003, killed 800 people.
    * * *
    Update (1335ET): The CDC has confirmed that a traveler from China has been diagnosed in Seattle with the Wuhan Coronavirus.
    The patient, who was hospitalized with pneumonia last week, recently had traveled to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak appears to have originated, federal officials have found.
    Officials declined to identify the patient, who was said to be quite ill.
    Additionally, on a conference call, the CDC confirmed it expects more US cases to come.
    The outbreak began at a market in China and now has spread to at least four other countries, and has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia.

    Broadly speaking, stocks are getting hammered on this but there is one silver lining however, prices for flu-shot manufacturers are soaring: Nanovaricides +240%, Novavax +53%, Inovio Pharma +10%, and Vaxart +14%.

    * * *
    CNN's AnneClaire Stapleton (@AnneClaireCNN) tweeted an ominous warning:
    "The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce this afternoon that the first case of Wuhan coronavirus has been reported in the United States, in Washington state, a federal source outside the CDC tells CNN."
    And the market reacted rapidly...

    Transports are the worst hit on the day, already suffering from coronavirus fears overnight...


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    Can The Fed just print up some anti-virus?
    As we detailed earlier, the global risk-off wave had started in the overnight hours of Monday as the full extent of the Chinese coronavirus scare became apparent to traders, has rolled into the cash session Tuesday with airline, casino and gaming, hotel, and travel stocks, taking a leg lower.
    Delta Air -3.50%, United Airlines Holdings -3.20%, Southwest Airlines -1.5%, and American Airlines Group -2.50%, were all sold as the outbreak may crimp global air travel during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday period.

    Investors dumped Wynn Resorts -4.45%, Las Vegas Sands Corp -4%, and MGM Resorts International -3%, as the virus threatens to decrease foot traffic.

    Hotels were also sold, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts -1%, Choice Hotels International -1%, and Extended Stay America -1%.

    Travel stocks were dumped, Expedia Group -1%, Booking Holdings -2.20%, TripAdvisor Inc -1%, and -10%.

    Investors are unloading sensitive travel stocks because confirmed cases of coronavirus have tripled since Monday and spread to other countries around China with the risk of spreading across the world.
    Fears of a 2002-03 outbreak of SARs has been on everyone’s mind to start the week – and with a Lunar New Year holiday fast approaching – the spread of the virus could broaden in the days ahead.
    Travel sensitive stocks have taken a beating in Asia, Europe, and the US – basically across the world on Tuesday, as investors brace for new cases of the virus that is quickly spreading.
    Could this mean world stocks are due for a pullback?
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    Default Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Climb To 481 As Outbreak Spreads To Macau, Hong Kong

    Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Climb To 481 As Outbreak Spreads To Macau, Hong Kong

    by Tyler Durden
    Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:58

    China's National Health Commission has revised the total of coronavirus cases higher for at least the second time on Wednesday: there are now 473 confirmed patients infected in China alone, though the death toll remained at 9, Reuters reports.
    Internationally, the total number of cases has climbed to 481, according to a running count by the SCMP:

    As the virus spreads throughout the mainland, health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed that the first case of coronavirus has been detected in the Special Autonomous Region. According to the SCMP, the male patient arrived in Hong Kong on a high-speed train on Tuesday from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. He was discovered to have a fever when he arrived at a rail station in West Kowloon, and has now tested positive or the virus three times, the first two at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Jordan.

    Local television footage showed the still-unnamed patient being taken from Queen Elizabeth to Princess Margaret Hospital, where the Hospital Authority Infectious Disease Center is located. Several health care workers wearing full protective gear could be seen pushing the patient on a stretcher.

    Hong Kong's public rail company, MTR Corp, confirmed that it had been notified by the Department of Health that the patient took a high-speed rail train G5607 from the Shenzhen North station to West Kowloon Station. Officials are now taking steps to disinfect the train.

    The virus has also reportedly made it to Macau, which also confirmed its first case on Wednesday, according to the SCMP. Alarmingly, considering that Macau is one of the most popular destinations for the hundreds of millions of vacationers from the mainland looking to travel for the Chinese New Year Holiday this week, Macau's patient zero made it through health screenings for the virus, even though she had been showing symptoms including a cough and soar throat for about a week.

    The virus has already spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the US, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and beyond.

    Earlier, we reported that China had launched a nation-wide screening effort to detect any remaining cases of the virus, suggesting that there could be many more cases yet to be uncovered. Screeners are looking for symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, all pneumonia-like symptoms. In addition to the autonomous regions, the virus has been confirmed in at least 13 Chinese provinces.

    Beijing has also launched extensive operations to coat whole cities in disinfectant, as the video below shows:
    Disinfection in the city of Shanghai due to the outbreak of a new #coronavirus
    — Raccoon Brother (@RaccoonBrother) January 22, 2020

    President Trump said earlier during an interview with CNBC's Joe Kernen that the situation in the US is "totally under control" after the first case was identified in Washington state, the CDC announced yesterday.

    Asked about criticisms that China wasn't completely transparent about the virus, and initially tried to conceal the fact that it could spread from human to human, Trump said he had a good relationship with President Xi and expected that he could trust the Chinese government.
    “We have it totally under control,” President Trump says after the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case of the coronavirus that has sickened hundreds of people in China. #Davos2020
    — CNBC (@CNBC) January 22, 2020

    Chinese officials have warned that the virus has been evolving and mutating as it has traveled. The map below is the NYT's most up-to-date accounting of confirmed cases, though at this point it's already woefully out-of-date.

    The WHO is meeting on Wednesday to decide whether the outbreak warrants the most serious categorization for global pandemics.
    Meanwhile, some experts are warning that on Wednesday the virus has taken a "step closer to full-blown epidemic."
    Media reports have been warning people in China and around the world about steps they can take to avoid being infected. Basic steps include frequently washing hands, avoid touching ones eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands, clean and disinfect objects, and covering one's mouth and nose during a sneeze, per CNN.
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