China Seals Off, Locks Down City of 11M - Page 2

Unprecedented measures taken to fight spread of new virus
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2020 4:30 AM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2020 7:03 AM CST

  • An "unbelievable undertaking." The city is a major transport hub, and putting it under effective quarantine is "an unbelievable undertaking," Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan, tells the New York Times. "People are going to get out," he says. "It's going to be leaky."
  • Fear and anger. Worried Wuhan residents say hospitals are overcrowded, there is a shortage of the surgical masks they have been ordered to wear when going outside, and food price are already beginning to rise, RTHK reports. Residents have expressed anger at the restrictions online.
  • "New to science." To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science," Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization's representative in China, tells the AP." It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work."
  • Snakes may have been the source. Researchers suspect that the coronavirus may have gone from bats to humans via snakes, CNN reports. Most of the early cases were workers or customers from a seafood market that also sold wild animals, including snakes, as food.
  • No decision yet from WHO. The World Health Organization, which met Wednesday to discuss declaring the outbreak a global public health emergency, said more information is needed before a decision can be made and the emergency committee will meet again on Thursday, reports NBC.
(There are fears the number of cases has been severely underreported.)

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