The virus strain causing strange pneumonia in China is raising concerns about a new epidemic occurring globally. The anxiety has multiplied when on social networks like Twitter, videos of Chinese medical staff wearing anti-virus clothing and body temperature scans of all passengers on the plane were spread. widely.
The Chinese government is now intensifying its efforts to stop the spread of 2019-nCoV, also known as Wuhan virus – named after the city of central China where the disease broke out.
The video shows at least two medical workers in anti-virus hazmat suits, fully equipped, standing in the aisle of the aircraft. They are on a mission to scan the passengers’ body temperature for fever symptoms.
The virus strain causing strange pneumonia in China is raising concerns about a new epidemic occurring globally.
The video was posted on a personal Twitter by David Paulk, a journalist working for Sixth Tone, a news site based in Shanghai. Paulk said he filmed the clip on a domestic flight out of Wuhan. Immediately after being posted, the video clip has been spread throughout social media in China.
Previously, Beijing News had posted a similar clip filmed on January 12, showing at least three specialists scanning the passengers’ body temperature on CA119 Air China flight, departing from Wuhan. to Macau before it takes off.
The woman sent a video to a newspaper editor named Cheng. She said that the experts had carried out the task of scanning the passengers’ body temperature for more than 10 minutes. The aircraft is not allowed to take off until this procedure is completed.
A man in Wuhan defends himself by wearing a mask.
Wuhan virus causes pneumonia-like symptoms, including fever, cough and chest pain. It has been identified as a strain of coronavirus – similar to SARS and MERS viruses.
This new strain of coronavirus has 80% of the genes that coincide with the SARS virus on bats, and is thought to have spread from animals to humans in a seafood market in Wuhan. The market has extremely bad sanitary conditions, cramming thousands of people with all kinds of live and slaughtered seafood, in addition to chickens, bats, squirrels, and many other wildlife.
The latest update until Monday night, January 20, alone in China has confirmed 218 cases of patients infected with the virus causing the mysterious pneumonia. In Wuhan alone, the virus infected 198 patients between the ages of 25 and 89, with 35 in the “serious“and 9 people”critical“.
However, a report from the Center for Global Infectious Diseases Analysis at Imperial College London estimated that by January 12, Wuhan was likely to have received up to 1,723 patients.
The Chinese health agency did not comment on the estimate and kept its data in the report to the World Health Organization, including three deaths.
Wuhan virus has also been reported in other cities in China, including Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai. It has also been confirmed in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
Neighboring countries are tightly controlling border gates and airports for early detection of new coronavirus infections.
The virus outbreak could become even more dangerous when millions of people in China will return to their hometown to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday. Meanwhile, China’s National Health Commission today confirmed the Wuhan virus was able to spread from person to person.
The announcement was published in the Xinhua News Agency and commented by Dr. Chung Nam Son, director of the China Respiratory Laboratory. Dr. Chung is also an industry expert who first discovered the SARS virus in 2003.
He said the Wuhan virus has been spreading from person to person in at least one case in this city. Along with that, two families in Guangdong province were also infected through a new transmission path between people.
To date, at least 14 health care workers have been infected with the virus after taking care of a patient with the disease.