“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, told the Associated Press. “It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work.” … [Read more...] about China virus: ten cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped
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Their calculation is based on the two people in Thailand and one in Japan who were diagnosed with the virus. Based on flight and population data, said Ferguson, “there is only a 1 in 574 chance that a person infected in Wuhan would travel overseas before they sought medical care. This implies there might have been over 1,700 (3 x 574) cases in Wuhan so far.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: more cases and second death reported in China
To better understand and provide financial, technical and medical support to contain the virus a joint WHO/ECDC team is currently on the ground in Italy. Dr Andrea Ammon, the ECDC's director, said at press conference in Rome on Wednesday that the assessment of the clusters in Italy would provide crucial information on "what it means for other EU countries." At the same time she stressed that the situation may vary from country to country. The joint mission would help to "prepare for other scenarios elsewhere in Italy or Europe." Working closely with the national authorities, she said, would allow experts to tailor their help to the specific needs of a country. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Are less-developed EU countries more susceptible?
Myths vs. facts: How true is coronavirus information on the web? Keep your hands clean! Frequently washing your hands with soap and water can help prevent an infection. You can also use an alcohol-based sanitizing gel instead. If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow. If you have contracted the disease without knowing it, coughing or sneezing in this manner might help to reduce the spread. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Zimbabwe businesses count cost of economic impact
Central to this panic is the suspicion that the US is tanking and that its golden moment may have passed. Certainly this is a concern within the domestic film industry. North American box office shrunk by 4% in 2011, while Chinese attendance swelled by 40%, forcing the major studios to rely more and more on the overseas market. Outside the Hollywood bubble the issue is still more pressing. The economy continues to stutter, allowing China to creep inexorably to the front of the stage. Meanwhile public panic finds its voice in Republican accusations (particularly clamorous in this, another election year) that Obama is somehow a defeatist, unpatriotic commander- in-chief, gently presiding over his nation's decline. All of which adds to the abiding tremor of angst, woe and disquiet – a mood that Rich (subverting an old Reagan campaign slogan) refers to as "mourning in America". … [Read more...] about Autumn movie preview: how this year’s Oscar contenders warn of America’s fall