Coronavirus Infection and Death Rates Surpass SARS, WHO Declares Emergency


As the rate of acceleration of infections passed SARS and the Swine Flu, the WHO finally decided to declare an emergency

WHO Finally Declares Emergency

Today the W.H.O. Declares Global Emergency, something any rational person knew at least a week ago.

Declaring a global emergency would allow the WHO to coordinate government responses to the crisis.

Ponder my question from yesterday.

US Case of Person-to-Person Transmission Confirmed

As the WHO finally declares an emergency, First U.S. Case of Person-to-Person Transmission Confirmed, 195 U.S. citizens in isolation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that it has confirmed the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of coronavirus, among a married couple in Illinois.

There are now six confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., two of which are in Chicago. The sixth case is the husband of the first confirmed case in Illinois, a woman in her 60s. He did not travel to Wuhan, China, the city that first identified the novel coronavirus, and only recently began to show symptoms of the virus.

The first U.S. residents to be diagnosed with the coronavirus had all recently traveled to Wuhan City, China. There are now 21 people under investigation in Illinois and a total of 165 under investigation in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Disturbing Trends

Jim Bianco has another set of excellent charts. These are from an email exchange today.

Conaravirus Infections Accelerating Faster Than SARS, Swine Flu

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Conaravirus Deaths Accelerating Faster Than SARS, Swine Flu

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Bianco Comments

  1. This is day 14 of published reports, not day 14 after the first known case. This is why the charts do not start at zero or one.
  2. Both the published infection and mortality rates for the coronavirus are much larger than SARS and Swine Flu, at the same point.
  3. After just 14 days, the published infection rate has already surpassed the total 60-day total infection rate for SARS.
  4. The published mortality rate is about to exceed the 60-day total for the Swine Flu mortality rate (probably today or tomorrow).

Nauseating Video of Wuhan Meat Market

In case you were wondering what the Wuhan meat market looked like before it was closed, here you go, but this may be disturbing.

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American Airlines Pilots File Suit to Stop Flights

I expected that.

As noted yesterday, Growing Number Airlines Suspend Flights to China.

Q&A With Michael Pettis on the Coronavirus Impact

In case you missed it, please consider Q&A With Michael Pettis on the Coronavirus Impact

Coronavirus Facts

Also note The Fact is, We Don't Know What the Facts Are

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (20)
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All the headlines read, "W.H.O. Declares Emergency."

The stock market heard "W.H.O. Believes China Will Contain the Outbreak. Recommends Air Travel Continue Unabated" and after hours "Amazon Reports Record Earnings for Last Quarter (before anyone knew about 2019-nCoV)"

I wonder which is correct.


I simply do not see how they can contain it at this point. Not closing flights in/out of Hubei province was idiotic.

I hope China finally decides to regulate these markets. Perhaps a first step would be to ban the sale of bats.


Bats? Why are they eating BATS,FFS? Even Ozzy stopped eating bats decades ago.


When I went to bed last night the death toll from coronavirus in China was 175, this afternoon they admit it is now 215. 40 people in about 15 hours. And now there are people giving it to other people in the US, and damn, I have to fly to Tampa Saturday, then back to the west coast Tuesday.


The many joys of living in a country with "universal", single payer (government) health care:

Mish wrote: Chinese Officials Lock Virus Infected Persons Inside Their Apartments!

An unknown Chinese nurse (doctor?) talks about patients being trapped in Wahun, unable to get out, unable to get admitted to a hospital, and unable to get diagnosed otherwise... being left to die

WAIT WAIT!!! Don't tell me... The great organization that gave us the USPS, Amtrak and the TSA is going to do things so much differently than the other big bureaucracies of the world. If you believe that, you probably think Congress didn't exempt itself from Obamacare. Great coverage for them (paid for by you), you get to wait in line behind the neglected vets at the VA


Any confirmed deaths? I think panic has set in...


That video is of Langowan market in Indonesia, NOT China. Pasar means market.

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