By David Kamioner | January 23, 2020
Like a scene from a classic sci-fi thriller like “The Andromeda Strain,” a fatal Chinese coronavirus that has broken out in the city and province of Wuhan may be present in America.
Inadvertently causing this possible threat are 21 Chinese exchange students from the same province in China.
They were scheduled on Wednesday to attend classes in Falls Church, VA. Multiple media outlets confirm this information.
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Fairfax County Public Schools, the students are at Longfellow Middle School, last night decided to bar the students from attending class until February 3rd.
The just-arrived students will instead stay at hotels and visit tourist and cultural sites, which is odd because if they have the virus won’t the chance of contagion be greater at public venues?
At this point, there have not been signs of the virus amongst students or staff. The incubation period is three to 14 days.
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The Chinese regime has restricted travel in several cities and suspended public transportation in the Wuhan epicenter of the virus. The government is trying to stop the spread of the pestilence that has killed 17 and sickened 500 and counting.
18 million people are thought to be potentially affected by the spread of the disease, 11 million in Wuhan immediately so.
In a nation like China, where hundreds of millions reside in the close quarters of its teeming cities, that number could grow exponentially to a level that would classify it as a pandemic readily able to surmount national boundaries in a single bound.
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Gauden Galea, of the World Health Organization, told The Associated Press, concerning the quarantine of Wuhan, “To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science. It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it won’t work.”
If the peril were to spread outside of Wuhan, perhaps even outside of China and Asia, and successfully jump to the U.S., the public health threat could be grim.
If the virus goes airborne, spread by American travelers from China already back from that country, then a simple visit to a movie theater or a grocery store could act as the accelerant to a health brushfire that could turn into a conflagration making the plot of the film “Outbreak” seem gentle by comparison.
U.S. public health officials are closely monitoring the situation.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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The Chinese eat exotic animals and dogs on a regular basis, not just when there are food shortages. What they do to dogs before eating them is inhumane and criminal. Don’t let any of them in the US.
I got a news flash for WHO (World Health Organization). This is not an epidemic. It’s now a pandemic, and it’s spreading fast. If you think the Chinese Government has been straight forward with the WHO, I got a gold mine in Idaho to sell you. When you start eating snakes and bats, you’re begging for a disaster in creating and spreading a new deadly disease. This one keeps mutating, that’s what makes it extremely dangerous to humans. If China says One Thousand have been affected by this disease, you can bet that number is near One Hundred Thousand. The mere fact they have sealed off several cities to prevent spreading the disease will change that number to possibly Millions. Now, throw into the mix the Chinese New Years celebration and worldwide travel from other countries to Hong Kong and China and back. Then, take into account that you’re breathing recirculated air on the plane. You’re going to spread it like wildfire all over the world. That’s a pandemic. Again, China has brought death to our shores once more.
One of the many reasons unsold my house in Fremont, California and left the state
And my husband wonders why I never want to go to the movies, mall or other events. We live in Silicon Valley, and the area is FILLED with people from China and SE Asia for the high tech companies. Some are cleanly, but a LOT have filthy or disgusting habits coughing and sneezing all over things, spit on sidewalks, eat food chewing with mouth wide open… it’s chinese and asian restaurants that most often get health code warnings. I view these folks as dirty people and I avoid being in enclosed places with them whenever possible. ALL big flu type epidemics come from China. Wonder why. They’re dirty and their food preparation/incarceration is cruel and beyond filthy. They eat animals known to carry viruses-small wonder the diseases mutate and transfer to humans. And more and more humans from those filthy areas travel freely back and forth from this country. Diseases like TB that had been eradicated are coming back, and the health dept. said it was coming from SE Asia. We need to cut WAY down on immigration from these countries for the high tech and start hiring Americans again. There are so many of these folks here that last time I went to a big mall, I was one of only a handful of caucasians. EVERYONE else was some flavor of Asian, Indian, or Middle Eastern, and almost no one was speaking English. And of the few of us who were white, several were speaking Russian. Something’s VERY wrong with this picture. Silicon Valley is becoming Asia/China West along with their diseases.
You’re right! We don’t know what diseases the illegal aliens are bringing into this country.
Even if those legally entering the US are quarantined what is going to be done with all those illegally entering the US? Seriously, you don’t think it is only Mexicans piling into this country? How do you think many of these other recent viruses have come into this country?
China, that’s who
I can figure out why, Exposure to the public. My question would be who would do that?
I also wondered why in the world are they going to take them on tours of museums and cultural sites?????
Where the hell is the CDC’s thinking. Those 21 students should be Quarantined in a hospital for the next 2 weeks along with anyone that has seen them since they arrived.
This is nothing like the Andromeda Strain? Its more like Contagion.
If down In a related story if down syndrome was cause for abortion, when everything else is okay> What happened to a woman’s right to choose? But Democrats have to come from some place.
quit bringing every one to the USA dumb azzez
Debilitating Germ Warfare is one of the easiest, most widespread and quickest form of deadly attacks there is! Remember when 0’B had people with a deadly& resistant virus BROUGHT deathly ill quarantined people to the US to “study” it?
Democrats have already been infected with a deadly mind destroying disease!
LOL ! I was just thinking the same thing ! I wish there was a way to MAKE SURE that the corona virus only affects Democrats !!
Perhaps it will just kill all the anti-gun liberal Democrats
If they have the virus and they board a plane, then EVERYBODY on that plane has been exposed to the virus in that contained fuselage and should be quarantined. Better still….ban ALL flights coming from China. This reminds me of the EBOLA outbreak.
You are absolutely correct. Taxpayers are footing the bill for educating most of these foreign students, all the while the kids of these same taxpayers cannot go to a university because all the seats are taken. These Gangsters in our government are lining their own pockets while selling out America. Isn’t it time we “Put America First”?
No, they should be quarantined at the airport in China, paid for by the Chinese government, for the 14 day period before being allowed to board a plane.
It is much better to over-react and be tagged as paranoid,
than it is to under-react and be tagged as dead!
Especially in a country like China where people are in such close space!
As for the US, if the incubation period on this virus is 3-14 days anyone that has returned from any Asian country should be quarantined for the 14 day period of time, even if it is simply staying in their own home and agreeing to not go into public areas for the two weeks!
As I said over reacting is not always a bad thing!!
But epidemics are always bad things!
And especially when we have been forewarned and are able to take steps to protect ourselves!
We can not be complacent about American lives!
Restrained to their own cities. Where they live.
Quarantined in virus retraining camps?
Another thing that I don’t want from China
China has cancelled their New Years Celebrations. I heard a report that over 18 million are quarantined. If it’s an over reaction….it’s a big one.