UPDATED: Deadly Wuhan Virus (Coronavirus) Confirmed Infected and Dead


February 1: The total confirmed cases of infection have risen to 11,791 as of Saturday morning local time, according to the Associated Press. The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus also rose, to 259. In Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, more than 5,800 cases have been confirmed, according to the local health commission.
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January 31: Hours after the declaration, China reported that the number of coronavirus cases surged to 9,692 as of Friday morning. The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus also rose, to 213. Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, more than 5,800 cases have been confirmed, according to the local health commission.

The new infection figure surpasses the tally of worldwide cases of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) during the 2002 and 2003 outbreak. SARS had nearly 8,100 confirmed infections and killed nearly 800 people.

As the deadly virus spreads, a growing number of airlines including British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa are suspending all flights to China. Many have cut down the number of flights, and some have stopped flying to major cities.

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January 30: The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China. Chinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January. Infections have also spread to at least 15 other countries.


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WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but we don't know where they come from. They get their name from their crown-like shape. Sometimes, but not often, a coronavirus can infect both animals and humans.


Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person's hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched.

Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child. In the United States, coronaviruses are more common in the fall and winter, but anyone can come down with a coronavirus infection at any time.

COMMON HUMAN CORONAVIRUS

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Diagnosis

Your healthcare provider may order laboratory tests on respiratory specimens and serum (part of your blood) to detect human coronaviruses. Laboratory testing is more likely to be used if you have severe disease or are suspected of having MERS. 

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider about any recent travel or contact with animals. Most MERS-CoV infections have been reported from countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Therefore reporting a travel history or contact with camels or camel products is very important when trying to diagnose MERS.

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