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    Default The Movie 'Contagion' Might Be Happening IRL

    Coronavirus: Fears rise of Chinese cover-up as 56 million in lockdown and hospitals overwhelmed

    Mask-wearing patients fainting in the street. Hundreds of fearful citizens lining up cheek by jowl, at risk of infecting each other, in narrow hospital corridors as they wait to be treated by doctors in forbidding white hazmat suits.
    A fraught medic screaming in anguish in a break-room.
    The terrifying video clips, reportedly recorded by shocked citizens from hospitals in Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus that has swept across China and infected 21 in nine foreign countries, went viral on Chinese social media this week and did not paint a picture of a government in control.
    In one of the most heartbreaking clips, posted by Chinese-Australian cartoonist, Badiucao, but which could not be independently verified and was reportedly deleted from the Weibo social media site, the sick are seen sitting between drips and oxygen tanks next to three dead bodies covered in white sheets.




    Medical workers write names on each other's protective suits for recognition in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province Credit: Xinhua/REX

    Further raw footage showed makeshift tents in hospital carparks, as the government pledged on Friday to construct a new 1000-bed facility within just ten days to treat and contain the new virus from a similar pathogen to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


    An army of excavators prepare the ground for a 1,000 bed hospital for coronavirus patients, which the Chinese authorities say will be ready in 10 days Credit: Getty Images

    After weeks of apparent delays in tackling the growing health emergency that first appeared from a Wuhan seafood market, the Chinese authorities suddenly swung into action this week with the draconian lockdown not only of the city of 11 million, but also severe travel curbs on more than 17 other cities in the surrounding Hubei province, corralling at least 56 million people.

    The rapid, wide-sweeping quarantine raised questions about why such extreme measures were necessary - given that official figures of infections remain in the hundreds - and concerns about the implications for human rights and civil liberties.
    With government censors still scrubbing the internet, it left trapped citizens afraid and in the dark.
    “After spent few days in #Hubei, I feel sad for local residents including my mom & dad, as lots of them have not realized that #WuhanCoronavirus is a such big public health crisis until Jan 22-23. This is not normal, as the first outbreak was mid-Dec,” tweeted Qingqing Chen, a local reporter, alongside pictures of barren shop shelves.

    Even state media, normally known to parrot Beijing’s line, offered a rare glimpse into the despair and chaos on the ground, and an inkling that the authorities may be struggling to contain the outbreak.
    The People’s Daily posted a video of a reportedly cured patient happily flashing the peace sign alongside four hazmat-suit wearing medics.
    But the Global Times revealed that vital resources, including testing kits and protective gear such as masks, goggles hats and clothing were urgently needed, reporting that 40 military doctors had been dispatched to help flagging civilian doctors.

    Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said that the unexpected quarantine and China's broader response to the crisis also raised real concerns about transparency.

    "From a medical and human rights perspective, it is essential in these situations that people can trust the information available," she told The Telegraph.
    "I have real concerns about people who are supposedly "spreading rumours" being harassed by authorities, especially at a time when people are concerned they are not getting accurate information."
    Many health experts who would have been "best equipped to sound the alarm about the coronavirus early" had been detained or their research halted because they were not working within the Chinese state system, she cautioned. "They have been treated as anarchists instead.”

    The silencing of critics by an authoritarian regime that not only hides the truth from its population, but often creates a culture of fear that stifles the flow of bad news upwards, may offer some clues as to why the Wuhan crisis has seemingly spiraled out of control.
    The first case was reported on December 8, when officials reported that it was under control and treatable. The police questioned eight people for allegedly spreading “rumours” online, and as late as last weekend, the authorities hosted a potluck banquet attended by more than 40,000 families.

    It was only as the disease spread to other cities that their public denial ended and the government’s unplanned rapid response kicked in.

    By Friday evening, the official death toll stood at 56, with more than 1,975 infected. The virus has now spread as far as the US and Europe, with three cases confirmed in France late on Friday.
    The victims so far have mainly been aged between 48 and 89, with the vast majority older and with existing health conditions, although a young healthy man of 36 is also said to have died.

    Two fatalities have been reported outside of Wuhan, with one some 1,500 miles away in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia and Mongolia.
    However, disease modelling experts from Imperial College, London, say the true figure in the city of Wuhan alone could be 4,000 and as high as 9,700 in the worst-case scenario.
    State media also appeared to be prepping the public for a sudden leap in infections. On Thursday, the Global Times, citing Caixin, tweeted the unusually frank news that Wuhan doctors “predicted that the number of people becoming infected with the new coronavirus may eventually exceed 6,000.”


    A police officer checks the temperature of a driver at a highway in Wuhan, China Credit: Getty Images

    Wuhan’s rail, road and air links were sealed off on Thursday morning. By Friday, a total of 14 cities in central Hubei province suspended public transportation. Some shut down public venues, and all 70,000 of the country's cinemas, and Shanghai’s Disneyland will remain closed this weekend.

    However, some outspoken doctors have warned that the severe restrictions are too little, too late to contain a virus that has already sprouted across Asia, and as far afield as the United States.
    “A bigger outbreak is certain,” said Guan Yi, a virologist who helped identify SARS during an outbreak that killed some 800 people in 2003.
    Mr Yi, who returned from Wuhan just before the lockdown, pointed out huge numbers of people would have already left ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which began on Friday.

    They could have been incubating the virus "on their way out of Wuhan", he said.
    “We have passed through the ‘golden period’ for prevention and control,” he told Caixin magazine from his self-imposed quarantine after visiting Wuhan. “What’s more, we’ve got the holiday traffic rush and a dereliction of duty from certain officials.”
    Others warned that road blocks and controls could be circumvented by the elite.
    "Especially people with money and connections, they're going to make a run for it... and they'll probably be successful," Zi Yang, a senior analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, told AFP.

    The lack of transparent data over the spread of the disease, which can be passed from human to human, has severe repercussions beyond mainland China.

    In Hong Kong, which has two confirmed cases of the Wuhan virus so far but 236 patients under surveillance, Dr Arisina Ma, president of the Hong Kong Public Doctor's Association, told The Telegraph that medical staff were on edge as they feared China was concealing the true extent of the crisis.
    “The data from China, the clinical characteristics of patients. We don’t know much about it. We do need to get correct figures about the scale of the epidemic in the mainland so that we can predict what our scale will be,” she said.
    The financial hub has turned two holiday camps, including a former British military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers.


    A woman walks past signs during a media tour at a designated treatment clinic for coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, in the Kowloon Bay district of Hong Kong Credit: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

    The same sites were used during the deadly SARS epidemic 17 years ago, which killed nearly 300 people in the Chinese-ruled city, and left deep psychological scars.
    “We will have a full team of staff to operate the quarantine camps,” Wong Ka-hing, the director of the Centre for Health Protection, told reporters.
    Asia remains on high alert and stepped up its health checks at airports amid an escalation in reported cases from South Korea to Thailand.

    Taiwan said it would no longer permit Wuhan residents to enter its territory, while the Philippines pledged to repatriate hundreds of Wuhan tourists.

    The crisis has ruined the New Year plans of millions who normally fly abroad or cram into public transport to visit family.
    Those who decided to continue their journey did so in fear. On one flight from Beijing to Hangzhou in Zhejiang most passengers refused their in-flight meal. A mother was overheard scolding her young daughter when she removed her mask. “Do you want to die?” she asked.

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    The crisis has ruined the New Year plans of millions who normally fly abroad or cram into public transport to visit family.
    It's so comforting knowing all these exchange students and HI-B's have returned here to spread it. We will all get to live in our very own outbreak style movie.
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    132 deaths (although mostly old people)

    6,000 cases, higher than the SARS outbreak, and will keep rising for at least a few weeks.

    Also there's some speculation that the virus was created in a lab and escaped or was leaked on purpose.

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    man i thought i had this the other day. i thought i was on my way out. i had to cut my work day short, went back to my hotel and basically slept from 3pm until 6am the next morning. was having crazy tony soprano flu dreams, cold sweats and my piss stunk really bad. food wasn't even tasting right to me. from about 1am to 3am i woke up every 10 minutes thinking i had been asleep for hours each time.

    happy to let you all know i'm feeling better and my piss is back to its normal odor now.
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    Won't be surprised if Ghostface puts out a short mixtape titled "WU-FLU Vol. 1"

    He'd probably rap something like "I'll get at cha own blood like the coronavirus!!"

    Ringz should rebrand the site as https://www.wuflu-corp.com
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    Would he rhyme that with Osiris or Miley Cyrus?
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    He'd then probably say

    "my wolves in the hood sniffin that blow, lookin' skinny like Miley Cyrus"
    "when the D's roll up we got Oscar the Grouch right beside us!"
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    I don’t know how the Chinese do it.

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    Do what? Release a deadly flu upon the world every 3-4 yrs?
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    I am a simple man, so I’m hoping for an intelligent explanation.

    In 2016, 80,000 Americans died from the flu... mostly the elderly.

    So so why are we so worried about a virus that has only killed a couple hindered people (mostly elderly) in a country with 4 times the population as ours?

    Also, experts say, every person on earth typically is infected by a coronavirus at least once in their life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Chinroom View Post
    Do what? Release a deadly flu upon the world every 3-4 yrs?
    I don’t know. The whole thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Artsdradamus View Post
    I am a simple man, so I’m hoping for an intelligent explanation.

    In 2016, 80,000 Americans died from the flu... mostly the elderly.

    So so why are we so worried about a virus that has only killed a couple hindered people (mostly elderly) in a country with 4 times the population as ours?

    Also, experts say, every person on earth typically is infected by a coronavirus at least once in their life.

    I almost made the same post. It's media hype and they need their ad impressions, I know their business models inside and out. The actual concerning thing is that it's asymptomatic, meaning the symptoms can take 2 weeks average to show up and others can be infected which is creepy in a sense considering you would typically avoid someone w/ a noticeable high temp, vomiting or mild psychosis.

    Right now I'm trying to figure out why I have a deep bruise above my big toe, but it's probably because I drank a bunch over last weekend for the first time in months and connected with my coffee table at like 1:30am checking the time/temp on a pizza in the oven.

    If I die from some random Chinese menace bat soup/ bill gates pathogen/ resident evil patented destroyer of the human race... I at least want some freshly ground pepper, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, dooch's backyard oregano sprinked on my body. The angelic Lee Towers with bay leaves on his chest nips to say a cool prayer or eulogy at my funeral. I want a Viking send-off funeral where my body is set on fire temporarily, but eaten like it's communion w/ some exceptional bread/wine & sides. The sides could be potato salad, KFC coleslaw, or maybe a caprese salad that is almost expired in the fridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Chinroom View Post
    checking the time/temp on a pizza in the oven.

    I at least want some freshly ground pepper, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, dooch's backyard oregano sprinked on my body.

    but eaten like it's communion w/ some exceptional bread/wine & sides. or maybe a caprese salad that is almost expired in the fridge.

    you trying to be eye-talian or something?
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_communion

    Not really. Family is split Protestant / Irish Catholic, but we love our fish dishes, pastas, green grass pastures, and a nice steak on the grill.
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    So your not a Viking? How dare you.

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