By Dave Gibson, January 27, 2020
The number people infected with the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, continues to grow, as does the death toll. As of noon local time (Wuhan), Sunday, 2,744 cases had been confirmed, with another 5,794 suspected cases, and a total of 81 deaths have occurred in China, according to the British newspaper, The Independent.
However, the virus is quickly spreading throughout the world, as travel to and from China continues unabated.
In addition to China, the following countries now have confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV:
As far as the United States is concerned, as of January 26, there were five confirmed cases in Los Angeles, Orange County, California; Seattle, Maricopa County, Arizona; and Chicago. All five individuals had recently arrived from Wuhan, and all are being treated in isolation units at various hospitals.
NBC News reported:
Meanwhile, the number of suspected cases in the United States has been growing rapidly.
So far, about 100 samples from 26 states have been sent to the CDC for testing. Five have tested positive and 25 have tested negative; the rest are pending.
So far, U.S. public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are relying on “screening” passengers returning only from Wuhan, at a total of four airports, in New York (JFK), San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Of course, “screening” translates into aiming an infrared thermometer at passengers as they depart their planes, to see if they have a fever.
But as Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC‘s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease stated, “the incubation period for 2019-nCoV is 14 days,” the CDC’s method of “screening” seems rather useless.
Despite the aforementioned facts, the CDC vows in their official mission statement to work “24/7 to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.” Whether diseases start at home or abroad…”
However, the most laughable (and perhaps, most dangerous) statement on this rapidly spreading virus comes from The Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which recently stated:
“Despite this case in Los Angeles, there is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel … .”
Leave it to the city of Los Angeles to view a virus through the lens of social injustice