Tag: SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

‘I Cannot Remain Silent’

China’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has imperiled itself and the world because it is a land of 21st-century science and 19th-century politics. Scholars in China predicted a year ago in an article in the journal Viruses that it was “highly likely” that there would be coronavirus outbreaks, calling it an “urgent issue.” Once the […]

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The Coronavirus Story is Too Big for China to Spin

Reactions to Li Wenliang’s death last Friday filled the timelines of my social media accounts almost immediately. Post after post on my WeChat. Grief, frustration, anger. A week later, the groundswell of emotions seems unabated. Dr. Li, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, was one of […]

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The Social Life of Coronavirus Masks

The latest coronavirus epidemic has sent people scrambling for face masks like never before. “The world is facing severe disruption in the market for personal protective equipment,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, warned last week. “Demand is up to 100 times higher than normal and prices are up to 20 […]

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Pangolins Are Suspected as a Potential Coronavirus Host

In the search for the animal source or sources of the coronavirus epidemic in China, the latest candidate is the pangolin, an endangered, scaly, ant-eating mammal that is imported in huge numbers to Chinese markets for food and medicine. The market in pangolins is so large that they are said to be the most trafficked […]

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The Urgent Questions Scientists Are Asking About Coronavirus

GENEVA — Around the world and around the clock, scientists are trying to figure out what must be done to end the global health emergency unleashed by the new coronavirus. As the outbreak accelerates and spreads, dozens of countries have deployed increasingly stringent measures to try and contain the epidemic. Almost as quickly, in a […]

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Coronavirus Updates: 97 Dead in Single Day, a New Daily Record

Here’s what you need to know: ImageSecurity guards outside the headquarters of a technology company in Beijing on Monday. In many large cities, the outbreak continues to disrupt daily life.Credit…Tingshu Wang/Reuters China records most deaths from the virus in a single day. Ninety-seven people died from the coronavirus on Sunday, a new daily record since […]

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The Coronavirus Hits Hong Kong? Quick, Toilet Paper!

HONG KONG — “It’s gone,” I overheard my neighbor Mrs. Wong shout in Cantonese from her balcony to a man on a bicycle downstairs. “Maai saai la!” Sold out. This was unbelievable. I jumped from the sofa, pulled on my shoes and headed across the island, to our single village supermarket, Wellcome. Just outside, a […]

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C.D.C. and W.H.O. Offers to Help China Have Been Ignored for Weeks

For more than a month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been offering to send a team of experts to China to observe its coronavirus outbreak and help if it can. Normally, teams from the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service can be in the air within 24 hours. But no invitation has come — […]

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New Report on 138 Coronavirus Cases Reveals Disturbing Details

One patient, admitted to a hospital in Wuhan, China, infected at least 10 health care workers and four other patients with the coronavirus that has sickened more than 31,000 people, killed 600 and reached two dozen other countries. The case was just one disturbing detail in a new report on 138 patients in Wuhan that […]

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A New Martyr Puts a Face on China’s Deepening Coronavirus Crisis

WUHAN, China — More than 600 people have died. Tens of thousands are infected. Millions are living under lockdown, and the government has sought to silence complaints. But what provoked an online revolt in China on Friday, the fiercest assault on the censors in almost a decade, began with the death of one man: the […]

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Can We Please Just Blame the Virus?

HONG KONG — The Chinese police have exercised unusual restraint in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. It seems that just eight people have been detained so far, all doctors who early on turned to work-related chat groups to warn of the dangers of a new mysterious infection. The local police — an honorary, if […]

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Why the New Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children

The new coronavirus has infected more than 24,000 people, and at least 490 have died. But relatively few children appear to have developed severe symptoms so far, according to the available data. “The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years,” according to a report published on Wednesday in JAMA. “Cases in children […]

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In Coronavirus, China Weighs Benefits of Buffalo Horn and Other Remedies

As it races to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus, the Chinese government is seeing potential in a cocktail of antiviral drugs. It is also recommending the Peaceful Palace Bovine Pill, a traditional Chinese medicine made with the gallstone of cattle, buffalo horn, jasmine and pearl. There is no known cure for the coronavirus […]

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Beijing Sees ‘Major Test’ as Doors to China Close and Coronavirus Deaths Surpass SARS

China’s Communist Party leadership called the month-old coronavirus epidemic a “major test” on Monday as other nations escalated efforts to isolate China, unnerving China’s stock market, depressing global oil prices and raising new anxiety about the world’s most populous country. The growing global move to effectively cut off China’s 1.4 billion people came as government […]

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SARS Stung the Global Economy. The Coronavirus Is a Greater Menace.

In 2002, when a lethal, pneumonialike virus known as SARS emerged in China, the country’s factories were mostly churning out low-cost goods like T-shirts and sneakers for customers around the world. Seventeen years later, another deadly virus is spreading rapidly through the world’s most populous country. But China has evolved into a principal element of […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll in China Surpasses That of SARS Outbreak

Here’s what you need to know: ImageConstruction on the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, on Sunday. The hospital was built in just 10 days as part of China’s efforts against the new coronavirus.Credit…Getty Images The death toll in China exceeds that of the SARS outbreak. The death toll from the coronavirus has now exceeded that […]

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Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say

The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe, according to many of the world’s leading infectious disease experts. The prospect is daunting. A pandemic — an ongoing epidemic on two or more continents — may well have global consequences, despite the extraordinary travel restrictions and quarantines […]

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As New Virus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight

WUHAN, China — A mysterious illness had stricken seven patients at a hospital, and a doctor tried to warn his medical school classmates. “Quarantined in the emergency department,” the doctor, Li Wenliang, wrote in an online chat group on Dec. 30, referring to patients. “So frightening,” one recipient replied, before asking about the epidemic that […]

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Trump’s Team Flunks Microbe Economics

How frightened should you be about the coronavirus? I’m no epidemiologist, but what I’ve seen looks pretty scary. It doesn’t help that the Trump administration, as part of its general war against science and expertise, has seriously reduced America’s capacity to respond if we do face a dangerous pandemic. It also looks quite possible that […]

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Coronavirus and the Panic Epidemic

ImageRiding the nearly deserted Beijing subway this week.   Credit…Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters BEIJING — The absurdity of the situation hit me on Wednesday when I was coming home from a local bar at 8 p.m. I had ridden my bike a few hours earlier to a park for a walk and then to meet a friend […]

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As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Anti-Chinese Sentiment

In Japan, the hashtag #ChineseDon’tComeToJapan has been trending on Twitter. In Singapore, tens of thousands of residents have signed a petition calling for the government to ban Chinese nationals from entering the country. In Hong Kong, South Korea and Vietnam, businesses have posted signs saying that mainland Chinese customers are not welcome. In France, a […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Rises, as Foreigners are Evacuated

Here’s what you need to know: ImageHealth workers move a patient from his home to a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Thursday. Hundreds of people in the city have contracted a dangerous new coronavirus. Credit…Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images China now has more cases of the virus than it had of SARS — but comparing […]

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As Coronavirus Explodes in China, Countries Struggle to Control Its Spread

Australians flown home from Wuhan, China, will be quarantined on an island for two weeks. Americans, also evacuated from Wuhan, will be “temporarily housed” on an air base in California. And in South Korea, the police have been empowered to detain people who refuse to be quarantined. For countries outside China, the time to prevent […]

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