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Anyone worried about coronavirus?

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Subduction Zone, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. Shadow Wolf

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    Why You Don't Need to Panic About the New Coronavirus
     
  2. Subduction Zone

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    In a rapidly spreading disease at its onset one would expect that to be the case.
     
  3. Quagmire

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    What I don't think people understand is that the risk of actually catching the virus is only part of the problem:

    Beijing in the Time of Coronavirus: No Traffic, Empty Parks and Fear

    Beijing has a population 3 times the size of New York, 9 times the size of LA.

    If most daily activities in either of those 2 American cities came to a halt our economy would be in serious trouble.

    The Chinese economy is being gutted by the epidemic: US companies suspend China operations, restrict travel as coronavirus outbreak becomes global crisis

    And that's going to affect everybody: The coronavirus is already hurting the world economy. Here's why it could get really scary - CNN
     
  4. Subduction Zone

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    if it stays in China it is not that big of a concern. But it appears to have a far higher mortality rate than the flu does. If it spreads from China there could be problems.
     
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    Yes, in any event. But considering the generally-tight-lipped-anyway government we're talking about, I don't think it's too paranoid to mentally-magnify the scope of the under-reporting a bit. Or a lot.
     
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    The biggest problems with this particular stain (SARS and MERS were both strains of the corona virus too) is how contagious it is, and how long the incubation phase lasts. An infected person walking around for 2 weeks before showing any symptoms could infect a lot of people.
     
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    Well one thing that China has going for it that the western world does not is a lack of personal rights. It is far easier for them to quarantine a city than it would be to do so here.
     
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    On top of that, this is a brand new strain, hence the "Novel". It just came into existence a matter of weeks ago, so absolutely no one on earth is immune.
     
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    Well, our personal rights are always provisional. A big enough outbreak anywhere in the West and I think we'd be reminded of that quick enough.
     
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    The thing to prepare for isn't just the disease itself, the thing we need to prepare for is the potential impact on the infrastructure, and even more than that, how people are going to react to it.

    If people think the stores are going to run out of food, they're going to run out of food.
     
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    I realize it sounds a little crazy to talk about this stuff now, even considering the shortages the outbreak is causing in China and some of the surrounding countries.

    Wuhan is running low on food,
    Hong Kong Shoppers Snap Up Rice and Noodles as Coronavirus Fears Mount
    https://nypost.com/2020/02/06/hong-kong-faces-toilet-paper-shortage-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/

    The thing is: by the time it doesn't sound crazy anymore . . .

    Lets just say it would be easier to make a cpl extra trips to Costco now, than one mad dash along with everybody else in your community later.
     
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    That was your first mistake. :p:p:p
     
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    I don't think panic is warranted. I think measured concern is appropriate. As in stay informed and don't do stupid.
     
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    I am not anywhere near panicking yet. Right now I am at a rather low level of concern. China is going to suffer some economic setbacks, but in the long run that could be a plus for everyone else. Short term it does hurt everyone, since we all rely on Chinese products so much.
     
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    Exactly. What I don't understand is the people I've talked to who seem to think our only two options are to either panic or ignore it altogether.
     
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    Sorry, it took me a bit of digging to find this:

    Flu: 0.13 percent

     
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    I am not worried yet, but I am keeping as informed as I can.
     
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    It is close to 1 in 40. So call it 2.4% Almost 20 times more deadly than an average flu. That is a bit scary. At least it appears to have limited sources. That means that quarantine of those that have it or were exposed may be possible.
     
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