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25 minutes ago, RubbaJohnny said:

Time to revise menus, As the year of the Rat looms.

4 suspected cases in Scotland also 

https://www.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus-4-patients-in-scotland-tested-for-deadly-disease-from-china-1-5079699

 

Jock's Trapped ?

Paywall. What does it say? ESL Teachers from Wuhan? Dear God no!!

 

A generation of Chinese kids saying See yu Jim, you lukin at me eh?

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Maybe time to stock up on some essentials... ah, but for how long a time period?

Anyone know if soaking noodles enough to make edible in case power goes?

This does provide opportunity to test if any validity to "Six degrees of separation" theory.

Always look on the bright side of life....

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10 hours ago, Traubert said:

Not being too critical here, but I've been in China a long time and never heard of Free WeChat. WeChat is P2P, not open, maybe you or your nephew is thinking of Sina Weibo? Of course there are news groups on WeChat but you have to 'follow' them and they're not open to comment.

 

Whatever, the fact that people are angry is not disputed. What would happen if someone cancelled Christmas? However everyone knows it wasn't the government that was flogging dead wild animals in a market, their anger is probably directed at the nationally hated 'cheng guan' or market police.

 

When it's all dies down there will be heads rolling there.

He called it 'free WeChat' in my conversation so it is no doubt as you say. Uncensored was his point I think and therefore deemed to be one yardstick of testing the temperature of true public feeling. Of course the internet is very bad in amplifying news feed without analysis or context and if I was locked down with food shortages and panic buying I would no doubt be angry and afraid.  With what we know so far the Chinese authorities seem to be doing the best they can maybe partly down to the amount of criticism they received for their handling of SARS.

 

So long as they dont cover stuff up, and release info in a timely manner, I won't criticise them over stuff this time. Because contrary to the wording some articles will no doubt use when taking a blame angle, I don't think there are any countries that could manage to suppress an outbreak of a new infectious respiratory disease if it develops the ability to spread between people with ease. We never have managed such a thing before, to my knowledge. But you still have to try anyway because if it turns out to not be such a good spreader, but is rather deadly, then control and containment may be viable, and the stakes are different.

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2 minutes ago, URMySunshine said:

He called it 'free WeChat' in my conversation so it is no doubt as you say. Uncensored was his point I think and therefore deemed to be one yardstick of testing the temperature of true public feeling. Of course the internet is very bad in amplifying news feed without analysis or context and if I was locked down with food shortages and panic buying I would no doubt be angry and afraid.  With what we know so far the Chinese authorities seem to be doing the best they can maybe partly down to the amount of criticism they received for their handling of SARS.

 

So long as they dont cover stuff up, and release info in a timely manner, I won't criticise them over stuff this time. Because contrary to the wording some articles will no doubt use when taking a blame angle, I don't think there are any countries that could manage to suppress an outbreak of a new infectious respiratory disease if it develops the ability to spread between people with ease. We never have managed such a thing before, to my knowledge. But you still have to try anyway because if it turns out to not be such a good spreader, but is rather deadly, then control and containment may be viable, and the stakes are different.

"the best they can" isn't good enough.  See post #34.

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24 minutes ago, Kelsall said:

Here's some insight into why the Chinese authorities are now taking drastic action.

 

"Infected people seen 'dead in streets' in quarantined Chinese virus city"

 

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/infected-people-seen-dead-streets-21345585

 

 

 

 

1_People-drop-dead.jpg

3_wuhan.jpg

Crikey that doesn't look good. That said I'm buying a good supply of face masks and hand gel today. 

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8 minutes ago, Kelsall said:

"the best they can" isn't good enough.  See post #34.

That's all we got though. What can they do shoot people and burn the bodies ?

 

I'm just reading the Sino Weibo feed for Wuhan - auto translated.....

 

https://s.weibo.com/weibo/%E6%AD%A6%E6%BC%A2?topnav=1&wvr=6&b=1

 

http://t.cn/A6PwC3ya

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35 minutes ago, Kelsall said:

Here's some insight into why the Chinese authorities are now taking drastic action.

 

"Infected people seen 'dead in streets' in quarantined Chinese virus city"

 

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/infected-people-seen-dead-streets-21345585

 

 

 

 

1_People-drop-dead.jpg

3_wuhan.jpg

I think I'll wait until these pictures are substantiated and appear in other news sources. The Daily Star, whence these photos came, also has as its lead stories, "Mutant Goat Born with Human Face" and "Sex Robots with Identical Human Appearance."

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21 minutes ago, zydeco said:

I think I'll wait until these pictures are substantiated and appear in other news sources. The Daily Star, whence these photos came, also has as its lead stories, "Mutant Goat Born with Human Face" and "Sex Robots with Identical Human Appearance."

The mutant goat story was true, it's a rare genetic disorder.

 

But the guy lying lifeless in front of a closed ticket counter died of heart attack after learning he couldn't return home to his wife who will now learn about his Wuhan mistress.  

 

But seriously there will be loss of life from the huge disruptions of daily life in quarantined cities.

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I think until we know more prudent behaviour and a watching brief are in order. 

 

Prudent behaviour would be to;

 

stock up on good quality face masks and hand gel 

stock up on bottled water and food

avoid large crowded places particularly if they are frequented by mainland Chinese

on returning to your home scrub up well particularly your hands

 

 

It may all turn out to be a storm in a teacup if so we have supplies for the next time and any extra stocks of water and food can easily be eaten. Well that's what I'm doing and probably not obsessing by the story as it can only make you scared if you follow every single incident and every single gory internet post. 

 

 

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35 minutes ago, zydeco said:

I think I'll wait until these pictures are substantiated and appear in other news sources. The Daily Star, whence these photos came, also has as its lead stories, "Mutant Goat Born with Human Face" and "Sex Robots with Identical Human Appearance."

This. Notoriously sensational and bad British press also wrote about Corona virus in Phi Phi islands, which turned out not to be true. 

 

It's best to get information from more reliable sources. 

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35 minutes ago, URMySunshine said:

That's all we got though. What can they do shoot people and burn the bodies ?

 

I'm just reading the Sino Weibo feed for Wuhan - auto translated.....

 

https://s.weibo.com/weibo/%E6%AD%A6%E6%BC%A2?topnav=1&wvr=6&b=1

 

http://t.cn/A6PwC3ya

I had to put them in google chrome to auto translate but but your links really show the fear and desperation these people face. 

 

I've been reading elsewhere about conditions inside hospitals from healthcare workers. This is also the normal cold and flu season. Hospital hallways are packed with 1000s of people waiting hours to see doctors, only to be sent home unless they are critical, isolation beds are all full. I wonder how many went to the hospital with an ordinary cold and return home having just contracted nCoV (the new virus). Hard times.

 

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6 minutes ago, rabas said:

I had to put them in google chrome to auto translate but but your links really show the fear and desperation these people face. 

 

I've been reading elsewhere about conditions inside hospitals from healthcare workers. This is also the normal cold and flu season. Hospital hallways are packed with 1000s of people waiting hours to see doctors, only to be sent home unless they are critical, isolation beds are all full. I wonder how many went to the hospital with an ordinary cold and return home having just contracted nCoV (the new virus). Hard times.

 

It's grim to watch unfiltered feeds from the frontline and not recommended for those that are easily frightened or obsessive as it's not a movie but reality. They don't mess around.... they are building a 1000 bed hospital in front of your eyes. 

 

https://live.weibo.com/show?id=1042152:5592fadbfc781bd33bdbdd1199b92585

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1 hour ago, Kelsall said:

Here's some insight into why the Chinese authorities are now taking drastic action.

 

"Infected people seen 'dead in streets' in quarantined Chinese virus city"

 

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/infected-people-seen-dead-streets-21345585

 

 

 

 

1_People-drop-dead.jpg

3_wuhan.jpg

The Daily Star.

 

Dear God, we've had the Sun, the Mirror, the Express, and now the Star. There are less credible news sources of course. The Onion, the Daily Mash.........

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