UPDATE: Hong Kong University has raised the Response Level, from “Serious Response Level” (moderate risk of health impact caused by the novel infection) to Emergency Response Level (high and imminent risk of health impact caused by the novel infection).
ITNT – A lot has been said and written lately about 2019-nCoV and the current coronavirus outbreak that apparently has its epicenter in Wuhan, China. Not everything you read and see, of course, is true.
On Monday January 27, 2020, Dr. Gabriel Leung, a clinician and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, addressed the press and public with a presentation concerning 2019-nCoV. The video recording of that presentation is included below.
Among Dr. Leung’s key statements we heard that, according to Leung, there are “no critical studies yet to give us an unbiased view” of what is happening and how 2019-nCoV itself is developing. Leung added that “whatever we are seeing now, they are best guesses”, referring to people and organizations that claim to have concrete answers at this point.
Dr Leung provided the following data, including a situation assessment and recommendations – putting the number of confirmed cases in China at around 2,000, in Wuhan between 500 and 1,000. For confirmed cases that carried 2019-nCoV outside of China, the number was set at around 40.
Video link: youtube.com/watch?v=CwXMPsbxFfo
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
JHU claims to have the correct numbers concerning the coronavirus and is currently operating a live map. However, until independent sources have confirmed Johns Hopkins’ data, due diligence is advised. Click the image below to see that map. JHU claims that it has data to confirm a total of 4,474 2019-nCoV cases, a total of 107 2019-nCoV deaths and a total of 63 2019-nCoV recoveries – as of January 27, 2020. These numbers have not been confirmed.
What is 2019 “Novel” Coronavirus?
2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A coronavirus that has not been previously identified. Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 2019-nCoV is airborne and human transmissible.