Coronavirus Continues to Spread, Causing Many Other Issues



A week ago, reported on the number of cases of the coronavirus that has hit throughout the world. The number of people infected and people who have died has once again drastically increased in just this period. Last week China reported there were 6,152 infected people and 132 deaths. As of this morning, there are more than 28,000 cases reported of people infected and, worldwide, 565 deaths.

Coronavirus Cases Continue To Grow
Unfortunately, infectious disease specialists and scientists say the virus may be more contagious than current data shows. The US is preparing to quarantine four planeloads of people returning from China. The Americans will be placed in quarantine at four different military bases in the US. The first evacuation came last week when 195 passengers were returned from Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, to March Air Force Reserve Base in Riverside, California. The passengers remain in quarantine. The CDC officials announced the mandatory quarantine orders last week. It is the first time the US government has issued federal quarantine orders in 50 years. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said, “This could be the beginning of what could be a long response.”

Coronavirus Is Causing Havoc
Of course, people becoming infected, and the deaths the virus causes are the major concerns. However, it is also causing significant concerns in other areas of society. For example, many airlines, such as American, have canceled or reduced flights to China. Delta and United have canceled their China service. More than a dozen other airlines have either halted or reduced their flights to the country. Such businesses as Kate Spade and Coach owner Tapestry has closed the majority of the shops in mainland China due to the outbreak. Tapestry has reported that sales are expected to be $200 to $250 million lower. Toyota has halted production at its China plants as it looks for alternatives for the production of auto parts made in China. Tesla has temporarily closed its China stores due to the virus. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has set up a task force in an effort to counter intensifying fears about the outbreak of coronavirus. Yum Brands, which owns Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, has notified its investors that its 2020 results will most likely fall below its long-term outlook partly due to the virus and its potential spread to other Asian markets. China is the largest market for KFC and the second largest for Pizza Hut.
Dr. Li Wenliang Sounded Alarm, Is Dead
Chinese Doctor Li Wenliang was the first person to warn fellow medical staff of the virus. He said it looked like SARS. That was on December 30, 2019. He advised people to wear protective gear after seeing several cases of the virus. He later posted on social media that local police had tried to silence him. Dr. Wenliang was diagnosed with coronavirus on January 30. He passed away late last week.