Coronavirus Could Be an Omen for the World's Next Epidemic

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Somewhere in China, perhaps in the southern Yunnan province, there's a cave that may hold the mysterious origins of the deadly coronavirus that's infected thousands, cut off millions of Chinese from their jobs and families and wreaked havoc in global financial markets. #Coronavirus #Wuhan #China #ChinaVirus

Bloomberg News health reporter Robert Langreth explains the coronavirus in the context of previous viral diseases including SARS. What experts learned in the health community helped them determine the best plan of action for this novel coronavirus. The biggest question at the end of this may not be where the virus jumped from or which groups to quarantine, but what this means for the next epidemic.

As the human population rises, “the number of those spillover events is rising exponentially. It is a direct product of human activity,” Daszak said. And it’s “a simple mathematical certainty” that there will be more outbreaks like the new coronavirus in the future, he said. Total confirmed cases have exploded in recent days to almost 17,400 Monday, with more than 360 deaths. Some disease modeling experts project there are likely 75,000 or more actual cases, as accurate counts from overwhelmed parts of China are impossible to come by.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that three out of every four emerging infectious diseases in humans first come from animals. Bats contain the highest proportion of mammalian viruses that are likely to infect people in so-called zoonotic infections, according to research published in 2017 by Daszak in the scientific journal Nature.

“I have 90% confidence it is a bat-borne virus,” says Linfa Wang, who heads the emerging infectious disease program at Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School. He has been studying bat origins of human viruses for decades and works with a group of researchers sometimes dubbed “the bat pack.”

The CDC has said it’s preparing for the disease to spread more widely in the U.S. and doesn't expect to stop all cases at the border.

One of his colleagues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology found that the new coronavirus is more than 96% genetically identical to a bat virus from the Yunnan province in southern China, according to results published in the journal Nature on Monday. Zheng-Li Shi, a top coronavirus expert at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has been studying the bat viruses with Wang and Daszak for more than a decade. She’s leading an emergency science team to respond to the outbreak in Wuhan, according to a Chinese media report.

The Nature study found that the new coronavirus is a distant cousin of SARS, sharing almost 80% of its genetic sequence. SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, is another coronavirus that swept through China and other countries in 2002 and 2003, eventually killing more than 800 people around the globe. It also hijacks the same receptor on lung cells that SARS uses to penetrate cells deep inside the lungs, providing a clue to how it spreads. That receptor is also in the gut, explaining how it may pass through diarrhea as well.

Shi didn’t respond to Bloomberg News inquiries sent via email.

Exactly how the deadly new coronavirus sweeping through China made the leap from animal to human remains a mystery, but scientists say it’s closely linked to urban sprawl and the chaotic and loosely regulated free-for-all of China’s open-air markets. The so-called wet markets, also present in Vietnam, Indonesia and elsewhere around Southeast Asia, feature wild and domesticated animals. They make a perfect mixing ground for viruses.

“These animals are live,” says Christian Walzer, executive director for health at the Wildlife Conservation Society, a New York-based conservation group that also runs zoo and field programs. “You will see a bird on top of a domestic pig, and you might have snake and bats, all stacked together” in wire-mesh cages. Virus-laden fluids and secretions can mix, helping create new viruses, especially when the animals are slaughtered right in front of customers.

“If you planned it and thought, ‘I am going to make new viruses,’” says Walzer, “that is exactly how you would do it.”

The markets may have produced outbreaks in the past that burned out locally. Now, with exploding populations and access to cheap airlines and fast trains, bat viruses from the depths of a jungle can spread to every corner of the globe within days.


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Rip to the doctor that sounded the alarm for this virus and to all rip

Author — Kenny Martin


The doctor that died was a perfectly strong 33 year old, that tells you this virus is not only killing vulnerable people.

Author — Alfred The greater.


Idk why they let ppl come back to America with this. Theres now a case in Wisconsin.

Author — c d


This shows you how accurate the movie Contagion was.

Author — e.kab.


John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Author — Make my day...


Sure it was a bat, even though Wuhan is the only city in China with a level 4 biolab that works specifically with coronavirus.

So let's just gloss over it and blame it on some bat soup.

Author — BigSmartArmed


America: shoot everything that moves
China: eat everything that moves

Author — UBER/LYFT SF BayArea


We're at the beginning of breaking into a new future. The problem is that not everyone is following at the same pace. This creates problems of advanced societies being created next to squallers. We need to focus on bringing everyone else up to speed so that we all have the same benefits of cleanliness. We have to set aside our issues of trust and violence if we all want to make it through this crucial time and step into a future that is beneficial for everyone. If we're not able to do this then its as good as over. Get rid of the things destroying our world, find alternatives and bring it to everyone in a way that doesnt create chaos, keeps everyone in the fold and has everyone in mind for the plans going forward.

This is only a glimpse of the alternative if we dont. Our own greed and selfishness will be our downfall if we dont start changing now.

Author — Heugh Jassman


Chinese want to eat bats and everyone pays the consequence.

Author — Paul Brick


"The wrong bat met the wrong pig"
-that one disease epidemic movie

- Contagion, just remembered lol

Author — Kevin Johnson


PLEASE read through
This is comment section is so sad to see. I can't even begin to wrap my mind around all the misinformed comments. Just keep in mind, Chinas numbers are all fake and severely downplaying the problem. This is not the flu. Studies have put the mortality rate at 30 percent, conservative estimates put it at 15 percent, not .1 percent like the flu. Also, the amount infected already is in the hundreds of thousands at least. With an R number of about 4 that means that 1 ill person infects 4 on average. With the exponential growth it will be days until the infected are over 1 million.
If you think it will not come to your country you are wrong. There is an incubation period of up to two weeks meaning someone can be walking around for TWO weeks infecting others without even knowing that they have the virus making it impossible to quarantine properly. A study also shows coronavirus survives 6-28 days on stainless steel meaning if someone infected touches a surface the virus will live on it 6-28 days for you to come along and touch, then you touch your face and you are infected.
Lastly this was created in a Bio Lab as a weapon. It was found to contain strains of HIV1 (another RNA virus) which could not be a result of nature is such a short time frame.
If you do not believe me I encourage you to do your own research, not just listen to the news which is trying not to spread panic. Read studies in medical journals like the Lancet or the New England journal of medicine.
I urge you to stock up on essentials such as medication, water, rice, beans, canned foods, bleach etc. Once this starts spreading in your country there will be NOTHING left on supermarket shelves and as the disease progresses the best thing to do is stay at home and do not come into contact with anyone. Those stupid little masks will not help you, they are designed purely to stop a surgeon's mouth germs from getting into a patient's open wound during surgery.
I suspect my comment may be removed but PLEASE do you own research to keep you and your family safe. If I have the time I will insert the links to the medical journals and studies I mentioned in my comment.

Study of mortality with round the clock care, oxygen and medicine.

Study for how long this virus can live on surfaces

Study of the estimated reproduction number

Author — LilKitt 90


Maybe the Chinese should stop eating bats. Considering the fact that there is no reason to do so in the first place.

Author — Ragnar Lothbrok


Idiots in the comments talking about racism. IT DID ORIGINATE FROM A CHINESE ANIMAL MARKET

Author — Woah there Ian


Bats? I call bullshit. They thought for years bats were full of rabies when in fact its hightly unlikely bats can even get rabies. Something ain't right. This is a man made bioweapon.

Author — Warped World


The takeaway for me after reading these comments and watching YT vids is that humans are bad at dealing with uncertainty.

Author — Sean Santos


Why did China NOT shut down live animal markets after the SARS virus? Ridiculous.

Author — Florida Island Girl


Kinda makes you think that ALL of the hype & preparations for those FEMA camps awhile back will have a valid reason now

Author — Razors Edg3


So.. stop overpopulation, factory farming and low standard food regulations.. Looking at YOU China!

Author — Groundbreak Studios


You’ve just been warned of the eminent next global virus

Author — Dr. Simple Beauty 300


BS. They still haven't found the source of this virus. 84% bat SARS genetic match. Is the closest they can find. While the nCoV hasn't changed if at all since being discovered.

Biggest threat is governments tinkering with viruses, then blaming nature for their catastrophic results.

Author — Jae Moon