Fatal Virus Update: Coronavirus Can Spread Between People, Over 50% Fatality Rate

SARS associated coronavirus, which is similar to this new coronavirus. Photo by: Encephalon

SARS associated coronavirus, which is similar to this new coronavirus. Photo by: Encephalon

A new strain of coronavirus has emerged, and so far the statistics are not looking good for those who become infected. The novel coronavirus has sickened 14 people – and eight of those people have died. The virus has been limited to the Middle East and United Kingdom. This new virus is part of the same family that causes the common cold and the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Although there haven’t been any confirmed cases in the United States, the Center for Disease Control has issued a warning to all health care providers to be on the lookout for this new virus.

Coronavirus: First Evidence Emerges

In the United Kingdom, three family members have become sick with the novel coronavirus, this is the first evidence of human-to-human transmission, according to the CDC. However, according to the CDC, the virus is not well characterized and not spreading well, given the small number of confirmed cases since it was first identified in April 2012.

In this family, one person is in the intensive care unit, one person died, and the other is recovering after having a mild respiratory illness. This is also the first evidence of a mild case from the coronavirus – the combination of factors has led the CDC to update their guidance on the coronavirus.

Dangerous Virus: CDC Guidance

The CDC has issued  guidance for health care providers regarding this new coronavirus. These include:

  • Anyone traveling to the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries and becomes sick with severe acute lower respiratory illness within 10 days of travel and do not respond to therapy may be considered for an evaluation.
  • Anyone whose respiratory illness remains unexplained and who meet criteria for “patient under investigation” should be reported to the CDC via the state health department.

The newest guidance from the CDC states, “persons who develop severe acute lower respiratory illness who are close contacts† of a symptomatic traveler who developed fever and acute respiratory illness within 10 days of traveling from the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries may be considered for evaluation for novel coronavirus infection. Testing of specimens for the novel coronavirus will be conducted at CDC.” 

New guidance on what to do and look for in possible patients will be continually be added and changed as experts learn more about the coronavirus.

Click to Read Page Two: Where Did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?

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  1. says

    One thing that might help is if EVERYONE who goes into a patients ISOLATION room at a hospital would actually WEAR the specified REQUIRED attire for entering the room. I deliver food to patients. I go in and put their food try on their bedside tables. The ONLY contact I have is looking at their ID bracelet. I AM required to wear the attire and do so.
    Many people…ESPECIALLY FAMILY members who stay in the room or come to visit DO NOT wear the attire then walk around the hospital, go in and out of the room spreading the patients germs with the possibility of infecting others with whatever the patient is in isolation for. THINK people. If you don’t want to follow the rules then STAY HOME.

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