On Sunday, Ma Xiaowei, China’s health minister, has made a shocking announcement. According to the official, the Wuhan Coronavirus can transmit from person to person even before the emergence of symptoms. Dr. William Schaffner, a long-running adviser of the CDC, said it is a game-changer discovery. On the other hand, various new cases of fatal coronavirus are emerging across the U.S. According to the latest reports, officials have diagnosed a new case of the disease in Arizona. Other patients belong to regions including Washington state, Chicago, Los Angeles County, and Orange County, California. Overall, the U.S. has five cases of coronavirus. Notably, all had recently journeyed Wuhan, China, the center of the epidemic.
Dr. Schaffner noted that the infection is significantly more contagious than they initially thought. Until now, the unexplored virus has taken the lives of around 80 people in China. Even more, the pneumonia-like virus has contracted over 2,000 Chinese citizens. On 31st December, the virus was first reported to the WHO. Since then, the agency is exploring the illness. Meanwhile, Chinese researchers have related the disease to the coronavirus family of viruses. It is a group of viruses that include the fatal MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS. Researchers have yet to entirely recognize the damaging prospective of the new virus – 2019-nCoV.
Health executives in California, Los Angeles, and Orange County have reported treating one patient of the virus. The local health executives are functioning with the California Department of Health and the CDC to get to people who have come in casual contact with the patients. Apart from this, the WHO’s director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is traveling to China. The effort is to meet the Chinese government and health authorities, citing the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus epidemic. So far, the air-borne illness has spread from China to a minimum of 10 other nations, including the US, France, etc. Despite the increasing death toll, the WHO has declined to announce the fatal respiratory illness as an international health emergency.