Coronavirus Links

This can hardly be said not to be in the news. But here are some things you many not have seen….

A Quora thread on what it is like to be in Wuhan city. When I looked at the thread, only two people were actually reporting from the city. The person further down the thread posted quite extensively and with pictures.

Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV: early estimation of epidemiological parameters and epidemic predictions A “scientific” paper on transmission rates that compares the Coronavirus to other virus transmission rates. Scientific is in quotes because data is so scarce that this is little more then informed speculation.

Don’t buy the media hype over the new China virus. This more or less represents my gut recreation. Unless the Chinese are seriously under reporting the death count it is hard to see how this is more dangerous then the flu. At this point it seems that the hysteria will do more damage then the virus.

Is Beijing suppressing the true scale of infections? Nurse treating coronavirus sufferers in China claims 90,000 people have already been infected This makes the case for the hysteria. I am sure that the number of people who are infected are under counted. This is almost a certainty but what matters is the death rate. If that is being reported accurately (and so far nobody is claiming that it is not) then more uncounted cases just means that it is not all that lethal. Most of the rest of the problems recounted in the article are a result of the hysteria and not the virus.

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