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This Coronavirus Outbreak Just Took Some Bizarre New Turns

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Many were hoping that this coronavirus outbreak would begin to subside, but instead we witnessed an explosion of newly confirmed cases over the weekend.  In fact, the number of confirmed cases outside of China has doubled over the past five days.  If that number continues to double very rapidly, authorities will be talking about a full-blown “global pandemic” in no time.  When I watched a victim suddenly collapse and start to twitch on a subway in Hong Kong, I thought about the sort of panic that would set off if that happened in New York.  When I saw a video of Chinese authorities using butterfly nets to capture sick people, it made me wonder what U.S. authorities might do to round up those that are ill.  The level of fear that a full-blown pandemic would cause would transform our society overnight.  Even now, Chinese restaurants in Canada are completely empty due to concerns about catching this virus.  But once this virus is being spread in virtually every city in North America, many of us won’t want to go anywhere at all, and that would bring economic activity to a complete and utter standstill.

For a while, it seemed like this outbreak was almost entirely a Chinese problem, and most Americans were not too alarmed about it.  But over the weekend the rapid spread of the virus in South Korea, Italy and Iran spooked financial markets and mainstream news outlets in the U.S. started publishing stories about this outbreak with very alarming headlines.

And those alarming headlines are justified, because experts are telling us that we could very well be on the verge of a horrifying global pandemic

“We are at a turning point in the Covid-19 epidemic,” said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University. “We must prepare for the foreseeable possibility, even probability, that Covid-19 may soon become a pandemic affecting countries on virtually all continents.”

Once this virus starts to spread in a community, the number of cases can explode within hours.  For example, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea went from 30 to 602 in just 96 hours

Confirmed infections in South Korea have exploded over the last 96 hours from just 30 cases to 602 confirmed cases. Local residents there are scrambling to purchase preparedness supplies, stripping shelves bare and leading to a sense of urgency. Some cities in South Korea have already taken on a “ghost town” vibe, with streets emptied and nearly all community functions shut down.

And as I write this article, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea has now shot up to 763.  By the time you read this article, it will probably be even higher.

In Italy, the number of confirmed cases went from 3 to more than 150 in just a couple of days

In Italy, officials said a third person infected with the flu-like virus had died, while the number of cases jumped to above 150 from just three before Friday.

Authorities sealed off the worst affected towns and banned public gatherings in much of the north, including halting the carnival in Venice, where there were two cases, to try to contain the biggest outbreak in Europe.

Alarmingly, Italian officials can’t even figure out how the virus got to Italy in the first place, and then have now placed “almost a dozen towns” under quarantine…

Italian health authorities were struggling to find out how the virus started. “If we cannot find ‘patient zero’ then it means the virus is even more ubiquitous than we thought,” said Luca Zaia, the regional governor of the wealthy Veneto region.

Almost a dozen towns in Lombardy and Veneto with a combined population of some 50,000 have effectively been placed under quarantine.

This morning I went to take a look at the Serie A results from over the weekend, and I was particularly interested in seeing how Atalanta had done after their stirring Champions League victory last week.  Unfortunately, their game was among three matches that were called off due to the virus

On orders from the government, the Italian league games that were set to be played today – Inter Milan v Sampdoria, Atalanta v Sassuolo and Hellas Verona v Cagliari – were called off.

However three other matches in Genoa, Turin and Rome on Sunday were allowed to go ahead as scheduled with many fans wearing facemasks while sitting in the stands.

This is basically the equivalent of cancelling NFL games in the United States.  It is something that simply does not happen under normal circumstances.

But these are not normal times.

There has also been an eruption of cases in Iran, and five of their confirmed cases have already died

As of Sunday, Iran reported 28 cases, including 5 deathsdays after authorities there said they had no Covid-19 within their borders. Cases with links to Iran have already turned up in Canada and Lebanon.

Very quickly, the country’s narrative about the virus has changed. Schools and universities across the country are being shuttered as a “preventive measure,” along with some cinemas and restaurants, according to Al Jazeera.

So now we can’t just try to isolate ourselves from China and assume that everything is going to be okay.

This virus has already spread all over the world, and that means that it could come into the United States from almost any direction.

Of course China continues to be the epicenter of this outbreak.  According to Epoch Times reporter Jennifer Zeng, there are tens of thousands of people in the hospitals in Wuhan, and crematoriums continue to burn bodies 24 hours a day…

50-60 K people in hospitals in #Wuhan, out of 18 cremators at a crematorium, 3 were burned out due to overuse. Other 15 in operation 24/7. Many families died out.

Here in the United States, we only have 35 confirmed cases so far, and many have been wondering why that number has stayed so low.

Well, perhaps it is because the CDC has only tested 414 people so far…

Given the tens of thousands of Chinese nationals entering the United States of America every month, the thousands of Chinese students and the many thousands of residents who are under “observation” by state health authorities in places like Washington and California, a reasonable person might expect that the CDC has so far tested at least 10,000 people for the CoVid-19 coronavirus. But guess how many the CDC has actually tested?

To the great shock of anyone paying attention, the CDC’s own website admits the agency has tested only 414 people in the entire country.

As I discussed the other day, there are thousands upon thousands of people currently under “self-quarantine” in the United States.

Why have the vast majority of them not been tested?

And it looks like the quarantine period being used in the U.S. and in much of the rest of the world may be way too short.

In fact, Chinese officials are telling us that one Chinese man “took 27 days to show coronavirus symptoms”

A Chinese pensioner who took 27 days to show coronavirus symptoms has sparked fears that a 14-day quarantine is two weeks too short.

The 70-year-old man was infected with the killer virus in China’s Hubei Province and showed symptoms nearly four weeks later, the local government said on Saturday.

So we may be releasing countless numbers of potentially sick people back into the general population way too early.

This is a nightmare that is getting worse with each passing day, and if this turns into a true global pandemic the impact on the global economy is going to be off the charts.

We can get an idea of where things could be heading by taking a look at what is already happening inside China.  Small businesses all over the nation are rapidly running out of cash, and in just a matter of weeks virtually all of them will be out of cash.  The following comes from Zero Hedge

Let’s start with Chinese businesses: while China’s giant state-owned SOEs will likely have enough of a liquidity lifeblood to last them for 2-3 quarters, it is the country’s small businesses that are facing a head on collision with an iceberg, because according to the Nikkei, over 85% of small businesses – which employ 80% of China’s population – expect to run out of cash within three months, and a third expect the cash to be all gone within a month.

Should this happen, not only will China’s economy collapse, but China’s $40 trillion financial system will disintegrate, as it is suddenly flooded with trillions in bad loans.

Now try to imagine what that might look like on a global scale.

We have never dealt with something like this in the post-World War II era, and there is still so much about this virus that is not known.

Personally, I am still hoping that this outbreak will start to fizzle out once warmer weather arrives.  But so far nothing seems to be able to slow this virus down, and it appears that a “tipping point” has now arrived.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. This article may contain opinions on political matters, but it is not intended to promote the candidacy of any particular political candidate. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.

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    • Anonymous

      Woooooo – 2,000 INFECTION Cases Worldwide – put that in perspecive (Full Links Below) 3/4 Of A Million Infected WITH SYMPTOMS
      SO MILD
      - They Don’t Even … NOTICE IT
      ………………………………………………..

      Lets Start With Some Persective …… Annually on Average …..Approx 7 Million Die Each Year In CHINA (ALL CAUSES)
      https://www.quora.com/How-many-people-die-every-year-in-China?share=1

      AND ….. So
      2,300 Die In China In 2 Months = average 40 a day coronavirus deaths – IS FecK All out ot 1.3 BILLION Chinese & 7 MILLION ALL CAUSE DEATHS PER YEAR … isn’t it ??

      - and as usual with all these type viruses

      - the deaths will predominantly be those over 80, the frail, the sick, those with existing multiple underlying health issues, the imuno-compromised and those nearing death anyway.

      Meanwhile – as you will see below including links to full details – back in the REAL WORLD …..3/4 MILLION have been infected
      - but symptoms SO MILD they don’t even NOTICE

      AND AGAIN FOR PERSPECTIVE – THERE ARE More people in CHINA – DIE OF RUN OF THE MILL SEASONAL FLU (NB DIE) 88,000 Deaths
      - than all the Chinese … that have only been infected …. with caronavirus (78,000 only INFECTED)
      …………………………………………………………………………

      To Put Things YET FURTHER In Persective From The Start – THE LANCET Medical Journal

      We estimated that an….. annual …. mean >>> of 88100 – influenza-associated …… excess respiratory deaths
      occurred in China (in the 5 years studied)

      https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2468-2667%2819%2930163-X
      …………………………………………………………………………..
      Same Old Same Old Rinse & Repeat FEAR PORN PROPAGANDA PLAYBOOK – IN PLAY – YET AGAIN

      - China Annual Seasonal Flu Average Deaths >>>> 88,000 – vs – Coronavirus So Far >>> Under 2,2400

      AND according to experts -vs- the 2400 deaths and 75,000 infected HYPED PROPAGANDA SIDE
      ….There are probably >>> 10X as many

      ie >>> 3/4 MILLION >>> that will have been infected

      - BUT – the symptoms …. ARE QUOTE >>>>> “SO MILD – THAT NOBODY NOTICED”

      Read some FACTS with links to the SOURCED EXPERTS !!
      …………………………………………………………………….

      EMPHASIS >>> ITS SO INSIGNIFICANT AS A VIRUS… THAT

      Real Experts state – there are probably…. 10X as many people infected – that have symptoms >> TOO MILD TO EVEN NOTICE
      - than those…. that are being recorded

      SO THAT’s >>> 3/4 of a MILLION infected – but – THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE TOO MILD….. TO EVEN NOTICE !!!
      …………………………………………………………….

      LETS GET INITIAL OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT CONFIRMATION (Fuller Details Lower Down on THE ACTUAL NUMBERS)
      CANADIAN GOVERNMENT / HEALTH CANADA

      QUOTE “coronaviruses are common …..and are typically associated ….with mild illnesses,
      similar to the common cold. (Unquote)

      QUOTE >>> Those who are infected with COVID-19 may >>>>have little to >>> NO symptoms.

      You may… NOT KNOW ……you have symptoms ….of COVID-19

      because they are similar to …. a COLD or flu. (UNQUOTE)

      https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html
      …………………………………………………………………………………………………

      >>> BREAKING >>> MUST READ >>> BREAKING >>> MUST READ !!
      UK GOVERNMENT >>> OUTS >>> POPEYE – PRATTchett & LISA HAVEN >>> As FEAR MONGERORS – SPREADING FEAR PORN !!
      QUOTE “For those who are in contact …. with a suspected case ….in a childcare or educational setting, >>>> no restrictions…. or special control measures ….. are required (Unquote)

      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
      FULL QUOTE 17 Feb Public Health England and the Department for Education
      have…… issued headteachers and childcare providers …with fresh guidance

      Schools and nurseries ….do not need to close…. or send pupils home

      …. in the event of…. contact with someone …. suspected of having … the coronavirus,

      according to new guidelines to be issued to schools across the UK this week.

      For those who are in contact …. with a suspected case ….in a childcare or educational setting,

      >>>> no restrictions…. or special control measures ….. are required

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/16/headteachers-are-told-to-stay-calm-and-keep-schools-open

      For most – THE Actual Symptoms are JUST ….

      - A RUNNY NOSE
      - A COUGH
      - A SORE THROAT / Fever (high temperature).

      The vast majority of patients – at least 97 per cent, – will recover from these >>>> without any issues…. or medical help.
      ……………………………………………….
      LOS ANGELES TIMES

      Thousands of people in China and elsewhere ….have been infected ….. but have had…

      >>>> such mild reactions that >>>> no one even noticed,

      - said Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

      https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-01-24/china-coronavirus-panic

      The UK’s BBC News COMMENTS – Re INFECTED – HAVING SUCH MILD REACTIONS >>> NO ONE NOTICED >>> FROM THE LARGEST STUDY TO DATE (The paper by the CCDC, released on Monday and published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology, looked at more than 44,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in China as of 11 February
      ………………………………….
      – So Known Infections 72,436 x 10 = 724,000 Who Will Have Had Symptoms – Too Mild – To Notice – YES >> ¾ Million
      …………………………………..
      QUOTE >>> Re The Known 72,436 infections
      - Scientists have estimated there could be …..10 times as many people infected ….. as are ending up in the official statistics.

      That ALSO means the….. overall death rate IN THE REST OF CHINA (Outside Hubei) is likely to be
      >>> lower than the 0.4% (rest of China) reported in this study (ie 10X LOWER – Making the death rate potentially ONLY 0.04)

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51540981

      Its a lightweight WIMP in Viral Terms
      ………………………….……………………………..
      AND ALSO

      EXPERT OPINION FROM – HEALTHLINE.COM
      The bottom line

      Extensive news coverage of the new coronavirus outbreak …. can make the situation
      >>> seem much worse …. than it actually is.

      >>> Influenza virus …. still causes>>>> far more >>> illness and death worldwide.

      EXPERTS also emphasize – that this outbreak >>>> is significantly …… less dangerous
      >>>> than previous….. coronavirus epidemics…. . like SARS and MERS.

      https://www.healthline.com/health-news/dont-freak-out-about-the-coronavirus-just-yet#The-bottom-line
      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

      THE NATIONAL POST
      A recent article by University of Hong scientists published >>>>> by the journal Lancet states …..

      Based on the number of reported deaths when the paper was published Friday,
      Coronavirus would actually produce….. a mortality rate of >>>> just 0.2 per cent — akin to that >>> of regular influenzas.

      “We don’t freak out about seasonal flu, …..we experience it every year,”
      said Matthew Miller, a microbiologist who studies viruses at McMaster University.

      “The people most likely to die from seasonal flu are …….the elderly and the very young
      … The same is very likely to be true …….with this …… new coronavirus outbreak.
      The people who are at highest risk …..are the people at the highest risk >>>> for any type of infection.”

      There seems to be so much…. active disinformation spread,” said Falzarano.
      “Things coming out …. >>>> are just nonsense, ….. and then are picked up ….by the media.”

      https://nationalpost.com/health/new-coronavirus-may-be-no-more-dangerous-than-the-flu-despite-worldwide-alarm-experts

      Experts DAILY MAIL NATIONAL NEWSPAPER 10th Feb 2020

      What does the virus do to you? …… What are the symptoms?

      Once someone has caught the COVID-19 virus it may take between two and 14 days, or even longer, for them to show any symptoms.

      IF … and when …they do become ill, …. typical signs include

      - A RUNNY NOSE
      - A COUGH
      - A SORE THROAT / Fever (high temperature).

      The vast majority of patients – at least 97 per cent, ….. based on available data – will recover from these >>>> without any issues or medical help.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7987001/Death-toll-killer-coronavirus-10-TIMES-higher-average-Chinas-Hubei-province.html

      SYMPTOMS A Runny Nose, Sore Throat, A Cough & A Raised Temperature & OVER 97% Fully Recover With NO Medical Help.

      So There You Have It – CoronaVirus – Ranks the lowest of the low, the bottom of the bottom
      in a weakest of the weak league of it’s own – when it comes to viral threat & dangers

      The REST is Just CLICK BAIT & FEAR PORN PROPAGANDA
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
      10 February 2020 BLOOMBERG

      The new coronavirus might have infected at least 500,000 people in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the global outbreak, by the time it peaks in coming weeks.

      But most of those people…..>>>> won’t even know it.

      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-08/virus-outbreak-in-wuhan-may-soon-peak-with-more-than-5-infected

      14 FEB 2020 CNBC
      It appears infections among medical workers…. peaked >>> in mid-January

      and have >>> “rapidly” decreased since, ……according to the World Health Organization.

      https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/14/who-and-china-investigate-1716-health-workers-infected-with-coronavirus.html

      18 February 11:00 gmt

      — Has the outbreak in China peaked?

      A study of nearly 45,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in China suggests that the outbreak might already ….have reached its climax.

      The peak — the day with the highest number of new infections — occurred around … the end of January.

      The number of new laboratory-confirmed cases per day ……declined from then….. to 11 February, ….. the end of the study period.

      https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00154-w

      From Above Engage Brain & Common Sense …. CoronaVirus is an insignificant irrelevance … in viral terms

    • wheeties

      the chinese restaurant in town business has fallen over half–the owner said a fortune cookie told him “your financial future is like a ice cube in Death Valley in July”!….. i would say he diffinitely has the flu….

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