COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 01
January 24, 2020
By now you’ve probably seen or heard the news about the coronavirus outbreak in China. This new virus seems to have begun in a seafood market in the city of Wuhan. Coronaviruses are classified as zoonotic diseases, which means they can spread from animals to people. In this case, early reports speculate that the virus may have began with a bat to a snake and then to a human.
The Wuhan seafood market in question, was closed on January 1, 2020. This market was known to sell processed meats and live animals (such as chickens, donkeys, sheep, pigs, foxes, badgers, bamboo rats, hedgehogs, and snakes).
China authorities have locked down (with travel restrictions) three cities (with more possibly on the way) in an remarkable attempt to stop the spread of this coronavirus (affecting 25 million people). They are also in the process of canceling all of the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration events across the country.
As of today (Jan 24th), there have been reported cases of the virus throughout China, Hong Kong and Macao, and other countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.
Some may wonder if we had visited Wuhan in our recent trip to China. Our travels carried us to destinations around the city but we DID NOT actually visit Wuhan itself.
The map below shows where we traveled (and distance) in relation to Wuhan:
As of yesterday (Thursday 23rd), the World Health Organization (WHO) decided not to declare the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak a global emergency. They felt that it was only an emergency in China and it had not yet become a global health emergency. Hopefully China’s effort to contain the virus will pay off and prevent it from becoming a global health emergency.
At this point all we can do is wait it out and hope for the best.