Data statistics, as of 2020/02/24, 11:50

Since the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first came to the attention of the WHO on December 31, 2019, and the news about this unknown strain found in Wuhan broke in early January, it had a major impact on life in China, becoming a roller-coaster of ups and downs. City after city encouraged residents to implement self-quarantine, lot’s of business have to stay closed, and travel throughout the country and abroad being restricted. China has been facing a difficult situation, yet the number of click-bait stories keep increasing. 
 
In order to contain the spread of the respiratory disease, most cities in Hubei province went into lockdown and the Chinese New Year holiday was extended as city after city encouraged residents to implement self-quarantine and increase their awareness regarding the new virus. With recoveries on the rise, we’re hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel as everyone comes together to combat the new global crisis. Throughout this time, here are some helpful things to know.

Coronavirus: Statistics

China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan): 49909 cases confirmed, 77041 suspected ill, 24758 recovered, 2595 confirmed deaths (2495 in Hubei province, 19 in Henan, 12 in Heilongjiang, 6 in Anhui, 5 in Chongqing and Hebei, 4 in Hainan and Beijing, 3 in Tianjin, Sichuan and Shandong, 2 each Gansu and Guangdong, 1 each in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guizhou, Jilin, Hubei, Jianxi, Xinjiang, and Taiwan). The virus has now spread China-wide.
Mortality rate: About 2% of the people who contract the novel coronavirus will likely die of it, according to the latest data compiled by the World Health Organization.
Overseas: Over 30 countries confirmed infected.
Source of virus infection: COVID-19
Ways of transmission: including animal to human, human to human
 
⚠️ It is important to focus on the facts and not to panic. Viruses occur every few years in China. The coronavirus so far mostly has been harmful to the elderly and those with existing health problems. The number of people infected does speak volumes about the challenge the country now faces.

Real-time Feeds of the Coronavirus Case Count

As a continuous stream of information comes out from various sources on China’s novel coronavirus outbreak – its useful to know how your city is being affected by the infectious disease.

DXY.cn (Chinese : 丁香园 ; pinyin : DīngXiāngYuán), a Chinese online healthcare platform, has put together a real-time feed of the coronavirus case count as well as the latest updates, which was consulted >2 billion times in meanwhile.

The information is in Chinese, though here are some guidelines:

确诊 = Confirmed cases (red)

疑似 = Suspected cases (orange)

累计确诊 = Accumulated cases (brown)

死亡 = Dead (dark blue)

治愈 = Recovered (green)

To see the stats, click here OR scan the QR code below:

 

If you have the latest version of WeChat, you can now also check the stats in your WeChat Pay options:

Coronavirus: Symptoms, Incubation Period and more

Symptoms and difference with bacterial pneunomia.

The primary symptoms of the virus are a dry cough, fever and breathing problems. In severe cases, an infected individual can develop pneumonia from it. There are two types of pneumonia, bacterial and viral. If you have bacterial pneumonia, you can be treated with antibiotics, and if you have viral pneumonia the treatment is more generic: rest, drink fluids and manage your fever.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Find out if You’ve Traveled with a Coronavirus Patient

For anyone who has traveled by plane or train within the last month, you can input your flight or train number to learn whether a passenger infected by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was on your trip.

The coronavirus tracker is available on 133.cn – scan the QR code below to access it.

If you see the following message after inputting the information, then no one on your flight or train is reported to having the coronavirus.

Image: 133.cn

Some infected patients aren’t showing a fever
The average incubation period (the period between exposure to an infection and the appearance of the first symptoms) is 10 days, according to the head of China’s National Health Commission. It is confirmed that some infected patients are not showing signs of a fever, a symptom goverments around the world have been using to screen for the pathogen.

Scientists working on possible treatment/ cure

Faced with this new health emergency, scientists in China and elsewhere are brainstorming to find effective measures to identify the virus’ source and contain its impact. The virus itself still has a lot of unknowns that health experts are trying to figure out. It’s thought at this current time most people that contract the virus will fully recover – but experts won’t be able to confirm this for some time.

Expansion of Health Services – City governments have designated special fever clinics and hospitals specifically for pneumonia. They have also announced that all 2019-nCov patients hospital fees (inpatient and outpatient) will be covered by the state. Whether this applies to foreigners is not clear, but should be clear in the coming weeks

Is the Coronavirus on a path to a Global outbreak?

Outside of China, there are more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. More than half have been on the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship docked in Japan; the rest are scattered among over 30 countries, mostly in Asia.

Cancelled China flights + Travel ban information

Click here for full list of the airlines that have announced travel restrictions to China, and a list of countries that have imposed travel bans or mandatory quarantines for travelers from China.

 

Coronavirus: Useful Information

• All cities in Hubei province on lockdown, and multiple cities have launched highest level of emergency.
-Huanggang, population of 7.5 million and is 70 kilometres (40 miles) from Wuhan.

-Ezhou, Chibi, Xiantao, Qianjiang, Zhijiang and Lichuan, which each have a population of over one million.

Highest level of emergency in most big cities, including closure of touristic spots, museums, bars, restaurants and clubs (to avoid people gathering), knocking on people’s door to verify if they’ve been to Wuhan recently, compulsary wearing of mouth mask in the metro, temperature checks at airports and compounds, not allowing delivery guys to enter compounds, etc.

Viral Outbrak Reach Peak in 7-10 Days: The novel coronavirus outbreak may reach its peak in one week or around 10 days, said renowned Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan. “It is very hard to say for sure when the outbreak will reach its peak, yet I think it can reach its climax in one week or about 10 days and then there will not be large-scale increases,” Zhong said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency.

Information for Students. In accordance with the notice of Ministry of Education Postpones Start of 2020 Spring Semester, the universities will rearrange the start of the summer semester. The specific date will be notified in further notice.

• Cities Still Empty – Most people are yet to return due to the extended holiday and those that around have largely remained indoors. Public transportation is still running as usual though not as many people use it. Again, this will be vastly different after Feb 10th when work resumes and numbers coming into the swell spike.

• Panic and hysteria will only increase clicks and sell papers, but it will not resolve the situation on the ground. The situation will be resolved by immense effort that is being invested by the government and the Chinese people coupled with basic hygiene tips i.e. washing hands, avoiding close contact and ultimately quarantines. Can spreading fear and panic be useful if it can save lives? Some people think so.

Coronavirus: Three outcome scenarios: one good, one bad, one ugly

Zhang Wenhong, the infectious disease expert tasked with managing Shanghai’s response to the novel coronavirus, has 3 scenarios about the epidemic’s possible future:

Scenario 1: Win
“This would entail no patients still requiring treatment after two to four weeks, and controlling the epidemic within two to three months. This, of course, is the most optimistic situation.”

Scenario 2: Hold
“This means we partially control the epidemic, with cases continuing to climb, but at a mild rate. The anti-epidemic measures (under this scenario) might last from six months to one year, as was the case with SARS.”

Scenario 3: Failure
“This means the new virus would evolve to become a recurring seasonal disease,” Zhang said, adding that such an outcome would be “so dangerous.”

“What we want to do is erase the virus from the human realm, driving it back into nature, back to the wild, back into its cave,” Zhang said. “When can we manage to do that? It’s hard to tell. At present, we can only hear the clock tick without knowing what time it is.”

Should I stay or should I go now?

So, should we head for the airports and get out of Dodge until this all dies down? There’s no straight-forward answer and it depends a lot on your specific situation. For example, do you have young children who are vulnerable, can you work remotely or take an extended holiday, do you have pets you are reluctant to abandon? If you are of a nervous disposition and worry about what MIGHT happen, perhaps for peace of mind, you should consider leaving until this blows over. It should be noted though that the mere act of being on an airplane with a few hundred others for a sustained period of time poses its own risks. On the other hand, the government is taking sensible steps to minimize the spread of the virus, learning from the SARS experience. Additionally, the risks are still relatively low and can be reduced further by taking sensible precautions like washing hands thoroughly and often, avoiding crowded, enclosed spaces (to be honest there aren’t many of these places at the moment), cook food thoroughly to kill of any germs.

When making what is obviously a very important decision, what’s important is to deal with facts and ignore the plethora of misinformation, rumours and fake news that’s floating around on social media as well as in some of the less responsible media outlets. These include scary tales of how the “real” infection rate is in the hundreds of thousands (if that were true, isn’t it odd that most people do not know anyone who has been infected), or that the airports are soon to shut down and everyone will be stuck. There are also rumours of food shortages and empty supermarket shelves, causing some people to stockpile food and water, but these are largely unsubstantiated or real situations taken out of context (lunar new year is always affected by some inventory issues due to fewer staff on duty and company shutdowns, but these quickly resolve themselves as we move away from the festive period).

Coronavirus: Useful information

WHO

On January 30th, he World Health Organization has finally declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). They did stress they do not agree with travel or airline bans from countries outside of China.

“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday. “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it.”

Ghebreyesus commended China for its actions to limit the spread of the virus, saying that “we would have seen many more cases outside China by now — and probably deaths — if it were not for the government’s efforts.

Elderly and weak

The immune function of different populations is different, the elderly, people with chronic diseases or people with low immunity are more susceptible to infection, but children and adolescents also need to be protected. Most deceased were over 50, and had underlying health issues. Experts have suggested that children and young people are less susceptible to the virus.

Research develop first diagnostic test for coronavirus

Researchers from the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have developed a new laboratory assay to detect the novel Chinese coronavirus. The assay protocol has now been published by WHO as a guideline for diagnostic detection. The new assay enables suspected cases to be tested quickly.

Employment legal advice:
  • The general advice given by China Law Blog is that employers should provide their employees their normal pay during China’s extended holiday/time off period, at least until further government notice. They also advise China employers not to ask their employees to use their accrued vacation time or take unpaid leave.
  • China employers facing these new rules and challenges should try their best to stay current on the new rules and laws and comply with them. Above all else this means being aware that your company might be required to comply with new national laws, new provincial laws, and new local laws. See China Employment Law: Local and Not So Simple.
  • Think long and hard before you terminate an employee, regardless of whether you will be paying severance. The Chinese authorities have emphasized that they do not want to see workforce reductions or layoffs happening right now. In addition to staying compliant from a legal standpoint, remember that at the end of the day your employees are human beings who want to stay safe and healthy and do not want to be punished for the virus outbreak.
More Information:
  • Chinese health officials confirmed that the pneumonia like virus came from wild animals sold at a market in Wuhan.
  • Stocks in Asia were broadly down Thursday, deepening fears across the region of a potential public health emergency.
  • In the whole of China, all public events are cancelled, touristic spots/ museums/ cinemas are closed and bars/ restaurants/ clubs have been asked to stop operation in lot’s of cities. The halt to activity comes during what usually is a peak period for spending, putting China’s economic stabilization at a risk.
  • China’s economy was likely running at just 40%-50% capacity middle of February, according to a Bloomberg Economics report, after efforts to contain the epidemic closed stores, brought factories to a halt and triggered a virtual shutdown of the airline industry. Employers have encouraged people to stay home, shopping malls and restaurants are empty, and amusement parks and theaters are closed.
  • The National Health Security Administration said that all coronavirus patients in the country will be covered by national health insurance, and that such individuals will be given top priority for treatment with no out-of-pocket costs.
  • No “super spreader” – a patient who has transmitted the virus to more than 10 people – has been discovered so far.
  • A ban on the trade of live poultry and wild animals has also been implemented in Wuhan.
  • To prevent a large number of discarded waste masks from causing infection, please put them into a bag and throw them away. Before you throw them away, you must cut them up into pieces to prevent them from being sold again.

Click here to read about How to Keep Yourself Safe from Coronavirus.

Airlines cutting China Flights

For an updated list of airliners that announced to cut China flights and Companies announced travel restrictions, click here.

 

What you should knoww about the illness

WHAT IS THE NEW VIRUS?

Scientists have identified it as a new coronavirus. The name comes from the Latin word for crowns or halos, which coronaviruses resemble under a microscope. The coronavirus family has many types that affect people. Some cause the common cold while others originating in bats, camels and other animals have evolved into more severe illnesses such as SARS — severe acute respiratory syndrome — or MERS — Middle East respiratory syndrome.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Common symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more dangerous kinds of coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In serious cases, the virus can cause pneumonia.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
There is a test to identify the virus, but no vaccine to prevent an infection. Patients with the virus have been isolated in hospitals or homes to prevent spreading it. The symptoms are treated with pain and fever medication, and people are advised to drink plenty of liquids and rest while they recover.
HOW IS IT SPREADING?

Many coronaviruses can spread through coughing or sneezing, or by touching an infected person. Scientists believe the new virus can spread from person to person in close contact through the respiratory tract.

COULD IT BE AS BAD AS SARS?
So far, the virus appears less dangerous and infectious than SARS, which also started in China in 2002-03 and killed about 800 people. However, viruses can mutate into more dangerous and contagious forms, and it’s too early to say what will happen with this one.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
It is important to focus on the facts and not to panic. Viruses like this occur every few years in China. It so far mostly has been harmful to the elderly and those with existing health problems. The main difference in 2020, in comparison to 2003 during the SARS outbreak, is the flow of information. Social Media 17 years ago was not near what it is today. we are sure you have seen a lot of information, and unfortunately, misinformation flying across your feeds. Be sure to source your information through reputable sources. 
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