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  • From the nation that brought you the Black Death, the SARS outbreak of 2002, and the

  • swine-flu pandemic of 2018 comes the year's newest, hottest plague: the deadly coronavirus

  • of 2020!

  • It's a new year, and a new decade, which means only one thing: new you, new pandemic.

  • But what in the world is the new coronavirus ravaging China, and now making landfall in

  • the United States?

  • A coronavirus is a catch-all term for a virus that infects the nose, sinuses, mouth, and

  • throat.

  • SARS for example is a coronavirus that made the leap from animals to humans, and pretty

  • quickly went mainstream on a tour of the south-east Asia region.

  • Most of these viruses are limited to giving you mild cold-like symptoms, but others like

  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and the infamous SARS can actually be deadly.

  • This new outbreak of coronavirus got its start in the city of Wuhan, one of China's largest

  • cities with a population of 11 million.

  • It was just a small-town virus, with dreams of big-city life, and soon it had infected

  • dozens of Wuhan's residents- though the real number is impossible to estimate given the

  • flu and cold-like symptoms of the virus.

  • What became immediately obvious though was the fact that this virus was far deadlier

  • than the cold or the flu, and the elderly were at particular risk.

  • The first victim of the coronavirus was a 61 year old man who died on January 9th.

  • This was followed by the deaths of two more on January 15th and 18th.

  • The fourth man to die was an 89 year old man admitted to the hospital a day earlier with

  • severe breathing issues.

  • From there the death toll continued to climb, reaching 25 deaths due to the virus.

  • The World Health Organization convened to discuss measures to protect the global population

  • from a possible pandemic, but ultimately decided that the virus was not virulent enough to

  • warrant an international emergency.

  • Despite this, China has instituted an unprecedented lockdown on Wuhan and other affected cities,

  • enacting a travel ban that is now affecting approximately 33 million people.

  • The lockdown is seen as critical given the fact that the Chinese New Year was pending

  • at the time of the lockdown, and authorities feared the spread of the virus across the

  • rest of China and beyond.

  • The authoritarian Chinese government was perhaps better suited for locking down entire cities

  • than other world governments, but the restriction of information regarding the virus has angered

  • many Chinese citizens.

  • In a bid to not create panic over the virus, the Chinese government has kept the story

  • out of its state-run media as much as possible, and Chinese citizens afraid for their health

  • and angry with their government have turned to social media to try and inform themselves.

  • Because social media isn't exactly the number one source for fact-checked information, many

  • Chinese citizens have in fact panicked exactly the way the Chinese government had tried to

  • prevent in the first place with the information blackout.

  • The American CDC has responded to the coronavirus outbreak by screening passengers at five of

  • the nation's largest airports who come in on flights from known Chinese contagion sites.

  • The service has developed a field test that can tell if a person is infected, and is hoping

  • to spread that knowledge with international partners in a bid to help combat the potential

  • epidemic.

  • While the American government is not considering ban on travel to affected Chinese citizens,

  • it has issued a level 3 travel alert- the highest possible- warning travelers to consult

  • with their physicians and take all possible precautions to avoid infection while in affected

  • areas.

  • The news of the first American infection though may soon change the government's mind, as

  • a passenger aboard a flight from China was diagnosed with the illness in Seattle, Washington.

  • The passenger was quickly quarantined, but it was determined that they had come in close

  • enough proximity to at least sixteen other unnamed individuals before being discovered.

  • At the time of this episode's writing, an American college student studying at Texas

  • A&M university was suspected of having been infected, which might mean that hundreds of

  • other students were also exposed.

  • By the time this episode is live on YouTube, you're probably watching it from an underground

  • bunker somewhere as the virus has decimated humanity and the survivors are forced to flee

  • the surface and avoid extinction.

  • All we can say is that hey, it's been a wild ride- thanks for the likes and shares.

  • But how do you know if you are infected and harboring a potentially civilization-destroying

  • virus?

  • The virus is airborne, meaning it can be transmitted via coughing or sneezing directly onto another

  • person.

  • The exact transmission methods are still unclear, though a Chinese victim spread it to fourteen

  • hospital workers while being treated.

  • Symptoms of the new coronavirus include coughing, sore throat, chest pains- typical flu or cold

  • symptoms.

  • This makes it difficult to ascertain if what you've caught is the hottest new deadly disease,

  • or just a boring old cold.

  • Advanced symptoms though include extreme difficulty breathing, intense chest pain, and a loss

  • of greater intellectual functions followed by an appetite for human flesh.

  • Ok, fine, there are no confirmed zombies yet, but we say just give it time.

  • The real question though is at you even at risk of being infected?

  • Well, if you're living in China then yes, you definitely are.

  • But infection is only seen as a serious health risk if you happen to be elderly and with

  • a compromised immune system.

  • Like many other diseases, the virus is a greatest threat to the sick and old of a population-

  • or so we used to think, because a stunning new development has turned that assumption

  • on its head.

  • On January 23rd, a completely healthy young Chinese man who was living 1,500 miles from

  • the outbreak's epicenter became the 26th victim of the virus.

  • As the virus continues its rampage, Chinese hospitals have become overcrowded, supplies

  • have run low, and doctors are reaching their breaking point.

  • To add to Chinese tensions, the government has canceled all temple fairs and festivals

  • in many Chinese cities in order to limit large crowds and the spread of the disease.

  • In a bid to quell fears, the Chinese state broadcaster aired footage from a large Spring

  • Festival banquet in Beijing attended by President Xi Jinping and top Communist Party leaders-

  • because if there's anything that reassures a panicked public is showing top government

  • officials enjoying a nice banquet while the public's own festivals have been canceled

  • and they can't check into hospitals because they're overcrowded.

  • The virus has now spread well outside of China's borders, and is popping up in Thailand, Taiwan,

  • Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the US, and Singapore.

  • Given the wide dispersion of the virus, it's only a matter of time until it spreads across

  • the rest of the world, and while officials have not been too concerned until now, the

  • death of a formerly perfectly healthy young man has many reconsidering the threat to the

  • world's population.

  • With mankind's reign quickly coming to an end, maybe you should enjoy another one of

  • our awesome videos before we're all forced to live underground like sewer rats- click

  • on this video over here, or maybe you'd prefer this other one instead.

  • You know what, why not both?

  • Life's short anyways!

From the nation that brought you the Black Death, the SARS outbreak of 2002, and the

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Chinese Coronavirus - Is New Wuhan Disease a Modern Black Plague

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