Coronavirus ‘state of emergency’ declared in New York as cab driver case prompts 40 medical workers to self-quarantine – The Sun

A cab driver is the latest New Yorker to test positive for the deadly coronavirus, a development that led 40 medical workers to self-quarantine and preceded an official 'state of emergency' declaration.

It wasn't immediately clear if the 33-year-old Queens cab driver was the operator of a ride share vehicle or one of the numerous yellow cabs clogging the city's streets, the New York Times reported.


The cabbie is officially the 76th identified case of coronavirus in New York.

Earlier Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an official 'state of emergency,' allowing the Empire State access to additional funds to help in the fight to contain the virus.

He visited a Queens emergency room Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, but he left the hospital for a period because he wasn't diagnosed immediately with coronavirus.

He returned, however, when his condition worsened, according to the Times.

The delay in diagnosis led to more than 40 hospital staff members initiating a self-quarantine to try to prevent the spread from going further. The cabbie was also quarantined.

The hospital staffers in isolation reportedly include doctors and nurses, forcing the hospital to scramble to try to fill highly demanding shifts for a two-week period immediately.

“The hospital will need to replace those people temporarily," Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. told the Times.

He added: "They will need money to do that. They need supplies. We need to keep the health care up and running.”

The virus has been rapidly spreading across the nation, resulting in such extremes as the NBA considering playing games in front of no fans and the popular South by Southwest festival in Texas, otherwise known as SXSW, being cancelled due to coronavirus fears.

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Stanford, University of Washington cancel classes amid coronavirus outbreak

Two major West Coast universities have canceled in-person classes because of the coronavirus as the region emerges as an epicenter for the US outbreak.

The University of Washington, which has campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, and Stanford University, near California’s Silicon Valley, told students Friday that courses would move online starting next week.

UW made its announcement first, after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19. Hours later, Stanford confirmed a doctor in the medical school had the disease.

“Starting Monday, March 9, classes at UW campuses will no longer be meeting in person thru the end of the winter quarter March 20. Campuses will remain OPEN. This action is to support social-distancing steps in the region to fight #COVID19,” the university tweeted to its 50,000 students.

Washington state was the first to report a US coronavirus case on Jan. 21. More than 80 people there are now infected, and 14 have died.

Seattle University and Northeastern University’s Seattle campus have also moved to online courses amid the outbreak.

Stanford University abruptly halted classes Friday after two students who were exposed to the virus moved out of the dorms and are self-isolating.

Then, the school sent an email blast about the doctor, ABC 7 reported.

“The public health guidance we are receiving continues to emphasize not only good personal hygiene practices, but also minimizing close contact among groups of people, as means of restraining the spread of COVID-19,” Provost Persis Drell wrote, noting the university has also limited large public events.

Just Thursday, Stanford said it expected classes to continue throughout the final two weeks of its winter quarter, according to the Palo Alto Weekly.

Stanford’s 15,000 students are expected to take winter quarterfinals at home.

The university’s “Admit Weekend” for prospective students, slated for April 23-26, has also been canceled, along with campus tours and spring study abroad programs.

The two students who are self-isolating have not displayed any symptoms of the virus, officials said. They were tested for COVID-19 last week, though the results have not been publicized, the Palo Alto Weekly reported.

The number of cases in Santa Clara County, where Stanford is located, increased to 24 on Friday — accounting for more than a quarter of cases statewide.

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3,500 Grand Princess cruise passengers didn’t know about 21 coronavirus cases on ship until Mike Pence’s TV announcement – The Sun

PANICKED passengers on the Grand Princess Cruise ship only learned that 21 people aboard the vessel had tested positive for coronavirus when Mike Pence announced the cases at a press conference Friday.

The vice president revealed in the White House presser that 21 people tested positive out of the 46 that were swabbed as two more deaths were announced in Florida, bumping up the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 17.


Friday's test results came as a shock to several passengers, one of whom told CNN via video call that many were "shocked and angry" to find out about the positive diagnoses from the VP's press briefing.

"There's no excuse for this," said passenger Debbie Loftus, who is quarantined on the ship with her elderly parents.

"We have absolutely no idea [when passengers will be tested], except that they will be testing every single person on the boat."

The Grand Princess was meant to dock in San Francisco but had been held off the coast of California for nearly two days and will now be shuttled to a "noncommercial port" where each of the 3,500 mostly American tourists and crew members will disembark and be tested for the illness.

Response to the cruise ship outbreak has been swiftly criticized after passengers claimed the captain of the ship wasn't even notified in advance about the now-confirmed outbreak.

President Donald Trump suggested keeping the passengers on the boat "as a base" for a period of time to quarantine those aboard, to which Loftus replied: "He's more than welcome to come onto the ship with us to service our dinners and bring me my towels."
"Does he not realize what happened on the Diamond Princess when they did that?"

The federal government is working with officials in California on a plan to test the 2,300 passengers and another 1,000 crew members, Pence said.

Although "the general risk to the American public remains low", he added that elderly Americans and those with pre-existing condition should take extra precaution – especially when traveling.

Loftus was referring to the disastrous quarantine on the contaminated cruise ship in Japan, where 705 of the 3,711 passengers and staff aboard were infected.

The outbreak aboard the Grand Princess came as Trump inked a $8.3 billion package to combat the quickly-spreading coronavirus.

Three dozen passengers on the Grand Princess have had flu-like symptoms over the past two weeks or so, according to Mary Ellen Carroll, executive directr of San Francisco's Department of Emergency management.

All guests were asked to remain in their rooms while awaiting test results in accordance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Grand Princess cruise line said in a statement.

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Chinese workers head back to work as coronavirus death toll climbs

The coronavirus death toll worldwide climbed to at least 102,469 Saturday as migrant workers started returning to work in China, where the crisis started.

Germany, Iran and South Korea — the hardest-hit country after China — all reported big spikes in cases.

Roughly 78 million Chinese migrant rural workers have returned to work, accounting for 60% of the total who returned home for the Chinese New Year holiday, government officials said Saturday.

Beijing is increasing measures to limit the disruption to businesses as economic impacts widen across the globe.

Chinese officials said the risk of a new wave of contagion is rising as more people start moving around again, and the country will continue efforts to contain the spread.

In Germany, the number of cases jumped to 684 on Saturday, reflecting a tenfold increase in the past week and the second-largest number of cases outside Italy, which has at least 4,636 cases.

Malta also reported its first case on Saturday, a 12-year-old girl.

In Iran, 21 more people were reported dead overnight, raising the death toll to 145. The nation also confirmed more than 1,000 infections, bringing the total to 5,823. A newly elected member of parliament was among the dead, as the virus continues to hurt the Islamic Republic’s leadership.

South Korea reported 448 new cases, bringing its total to at least 7,041, most tied to a controversial, secretive church.

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Bouncer at bar in London's The Shard checks the temperature of guests

‘If your temperature is not down, you’re not coming in’: Bouncer at bar in London’s The Shard tests people with a thermometer before allowing them in as coronavirus fears grip Britain

  • A member of security staff with a ‘thermometer gun,’ was checking people entering Bar 31 in The Shard 
  • Friday night revellers waited at the entrance before going up to the restaurant area after having the test 
  • Two people have died from the virus in the UK- which has a mortality rate of 15 per cent in those over 80 

A bouncer at a bar in London’s The Shard checked the temperature of guests last night as they entered amid the coronavirus outbreak panic. 

Pictures show what is believed to be a member of security staff with a ‘thermometer gun,’ checking people entering Bar 31 in The Shard near London Bridge on Friday night.

The device is equipped with an infrared sensor that can quickly measure surface temperatures of the skin to determine if someone is unwell. The thermometers have been widely used across the world since the virus outbreak.

Friday night revellers waited at the entrance before going up to the bar and restaurant area after having the test. Bar 31 have been approached for comment. 

It comes as two people have died from the virus – which has a mortality rate of 15 per cent in those over 80 – on British soil so far, both of whom were elderly. 

Meanwhile it was business as usual for cities across the rest of the country, with drinkers hitting the town in Birmingham and Leeds to celebrate the start of the weekend.

Guests entering Bar 31 in The Shard near London Bridge last night were seen having their temperatures checked as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus

Friday night revellers waited at the entrance before going up to the bar and restaurant area after having the test. Pictured: the bouncer holds the equipment up to one woman’s forehead 

The device is equipped with an infrared sensor that can quickly measure surface temperatures of the skin to determine if someone is unwell

Other businesses across the country have also responded to the virus outbreak as customers at a Costco in south London were ‘disinfected’ at the front door yesterday.

Shoppers ‘lined up obediently’ at the Croydon store’s entrance before being stopped by a staff member to be sprayed with a ‘disinfectant-like liquid’, the person who filmed the incident told MailOnline. Costco denied the claims, saying only trolley handles were sprayed – not customers. 

As coronavirus fears take hold in the UK now that 164 people have been diagnosed and the virus is known to be spreading inside the UK, anxious Britons have resorted to wearing gas masks and blankets on public transport in desperate attempts to protect themselves. 

Meanwhile, supermarkets up and down the country have again been left bare amid rushes to stockpile household goods such as hand soap, nappies and dried foods like pasta and rice.

Customers in Marks & Spencer and some Boots stores are now being limited to the amount of hand sanitiser they are able to purchase – some to two bottles per person. 

Guests wait in the entrance to the swanky bar in London Bridge that is based in The Shard building as bouncers take their temperature

The thermometers have been widely used across the world since the virus outbreak, particularly in airports to identify those who may have the illness


Left: A woman stands still as the bouncer puts the equipment near her forehead to take the test. The thermometers determine temperature by measuring the heat emanating from the surface of a person’s body

The pictures taken at the bar in London come as party-goers braved the cold and windy conditions to enjoy a night out on the town, with many donning their best going out outfits for the occasions in Leeds and Birmingham.

It comes as a patient who was Birmingham’s first known case of coronavirus was discharged from hospital yesterday. 

The person, thought to have contracted the virus at a work event outside Birmingham, will continue to self-isolate at home, the city council said.

Meanwhile, two events due to be held at the city’s NEC have been cancelled due to the virus. The number of people in the UK diagnosed with the virus has reached 164.

However Broad Street in Birmingham was packed full of people enjoying the start to the weekend yesterday after the city’s first case of the deadly virus was confirmed two days ago

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Grandfather, 88, becomes second UK coronavirus death as total infected sees biggest leap yet to 164

A GRANDFATHER who become the second UK patient to die after testing positive for coronavirus had returned from a foreign cruise just days before his death.

The 88-year-old passed away in Milton Keynes Hopsital yesterday after being admitted with pneumonia on March 3.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the pensioner as "somebody older" who had "underlying health conditions".

It is understood the pensioner had visited several countries on the cruise and officials are now scrambling to contact others he had been in contact with.

They added that his relatives were made "to wear suits in order to visit him" and have now been told to self-isolate along with some members of medical staff.

The family were reportedly informed last night via phone call from the hospital that he tested positive and he died an hour later.

They have now raised fears the hospital was too slow to spot the granddad had coronavirus and move him into isolation.

One told the Guardian: "Our concern is that the hospital were too slow to detect that our relative had symptoms similar to those of coronavirus and too slow to move him from a ward into isolation, and that that may have put a lot of people – fellow patients on the ward, staff who were looking after him and visitors who came to see him – at risk of contracting the virus from him.

“We think they should have put him into isolation right away, as soon as he arrived, given his symptoms. That was a failure by the hospital. He was coughing a lot and had quite severe symptoms.

“Despite that, he was put on a ward with lots of other sick patients for six or seven hours before he was moved into isolation. During that time a lot of relatives came to see him, both adults and children. Who knows if any of them have now got coronavirus and are maybe spreading it to older people who might get sick?"

OUTBREAK TAKING HOLD

Mr Hancock told ITV: "I am very sorry to hear the news of a second death here in the UK of somebody with coronavirus.

"My condolences go out to the family and to his loved ones."

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said: "I am very sorry to report a second patient in England who tested positive Covid-19 has sadly died.

"I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their request for privacy is requested.

"The patient, who was being treated at the Milton Keynes University Hospital, was an older patient who had underlying health conditions. Contact tracing is already underway."

Do you know the patient? Please phone +44 (0) 20 7782 4368 or email [email protected]

Sir Patrick Vallance, 59, warned the killer disease is now exploding around the country and is easily passing from person to person.

Up until now most cases were in clusters around people who had travelled back to the UK from aboard.

However, now – with the rate of cases rocketing – the outbreak from person to person in communities has taken hold.

The Department of Health confirmed the bug is spreading at its fastest rate yet as a total of 47 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.

Dr Richard Hatchett, who heads up the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, said the government needs to adopt an 'aggressive' response to tackle the virus.

He said: "This is the most frightening disease I've ever encountered in my career, and that includes Ebola, it includes MERS and it includes SARS.

'I think the most concerning thing about this virus is the combination of infectiousness and the ability to cause severe disease or death."


The chilling development means the Government's battle plan will inevitably reach the "delay stage" – meaning large scale events such as the London Marathon may be cancelled.

Children will also be allowed to complete schoolwork from home and one in five workers could be forced to stay away from the office.

Sir Patrick, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, told Sky News: "This is a global epidemic and we would expect to see more cases in the UK.

"This is the start of an outbreak clearly. We are in the position now where we have got person-to-person transmission of this in the UK and therefore we can expect more cases.

"This is now outbreaks in the community where we have got some individuals that we don’t know where it has come from.

"That tells you that something is circulating, we are definitely in that phase."

Another medical expert has also warned Brits can now catch coronavirus “from anyone, anywhere, anytime” — and admitted we have lost track of who has it.

A surge in cases not linked to trips abroad, or contact with known carriers, means the bug is now spreading from person to person within the UK.

Dr Bharat Pankhankia, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter, said: “The implication is we are now in the phase of ‘community transmission’.

“We no longer know where the virus is. You could catch it from anyone, anywhere, anytime — in your supermarket, coffee shop, petrol station or pub.”

'ANYONE, ANYWHERE, AYTIME'

Dr Pankhankia added: “Preventative measures, such as handwashing and catching sneezes, are more important than ever.

“This is serious and not a joke. You have no idea how an individual may react if they catch it, so do not take risks.”

A 75-year-old British woman became the first patient to die in the UK after testing positive for the disease.

Health chiefs said the woman had been suffering underlying health conditions and was 'in and out of hospital' before passing away at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

More than 20,000 people have now been tested for coronavirus in the UK.

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400,000 fraudsters could have been let off the hook due to IT failure

Up to 400,000 fraudsters could have been let off the hook due to an IT failure, consumer group warns

  • Fraud gangs may have got away with crimes because of system failure
  • Over 400,000 recorded cases were not passed on to police for 15 months
  • Which? has called on authorities to account for long breakdown in reporting 

Fraud gangs may have got away with crimes that raked in millions of pounds because of an IT failure in the system recording complaints from victims.

The problem meant there were delays of 15 months in passing on the details of up to 400,000 cases to the police, according to the consumer group Which?

The system for reporting fraud has been repeatedly accused of letting down victims with many complaining about a lack of action, feedback and support.

Any delay in passing the details of a scam means those involved remain free to continue to dupe and steal.

Which? said the failure stemmed from a breakdown in information shared between the National Fraud Database, maintained by Cifas, which describes itself as ‘the UK’s leading fraud prevention service’, and the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

The problem meant there were delays of 15 months in passing on the details of up to 400,000 cases to the police, according to the consumer group Which? (file photo)

Which? found the data was not automatically shared between the two from October 2018, when the City of London Police started developing a new crime-reporting service.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of cases may have been investigated without crucial pieces of evidence or, potentially, not at all.

Which? says that at least 300,000 crimes may not have been shared since the issue began, but that number could be as high as 400,000.

The findings are the latest in a series of alarming revelations about the system for investigating fraud – a crime estimated to have cost victims £2.2billion between April 2018 and March 2019. The real figure, however, is likely to be much higher as many victims do not report the crime.

Which? is calling for Cifas and City of London Police to account for the unacceptably long breakdown in fraud reporting. The editor of Which? Money, Jenny Ross, said: ‘The UK is in the grip of a fraud crisis and, with police already struggling with complex investigations, it beggars belief that one of the country’s most crucial reporting tools did not function properly for so long. 

‘People are suffering from the devastating financial and emotional impact of scams every day, and victims need to know the authorities are taking these crimes seriously. To restore public confidence it’s vital that the Government, industry and police work together effectively to show they are addressing serious flaws in the system.’

A City of London Police spokesman said the ‘technical difficulties’ which led to the problem had been resolved.

He added: ‘The vast majority of outstanding reports – over 95 per cent – have now been brought across, and new records are routinely feeding in on a daily basis.’

A spokesman for Cifas said that during the development of the new crime-reporting system it had ‘continued to support City of London Police by manually supplying data to support their investigations’.

He added: ‘The NFIB has recently confirmed that their new system has been implemented and Cifas data has now been uploaded successfully.’

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Officials are secretly arranging for 200 mobile morgues to be sent across the country over coronavirus fears – The Sun

OFFICIALS have secretly arranged for 200 mobile morgues to be sent across the country.

Local authorities were emailed about the extra capacity for 15,000 bodies to help manage “peaks in demand”.

The grim move came as No10 felt the need to secure “additional body storage capacity” if there is a severe pandemic.

It comes as Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, today confirmed a coronavirus outbreak has started in Britain in a terrifying sign the deadly bug is now out of control.

Up until now most cases were in clusters around people who had travelled back to the UK from aboard. But now, with the rate of cases rocketing, the outbreak from person to person in communities has taken hold.

The Department of Health confirmed the bug is spreading at its fastest rate yet as a total of 47 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.

More than 20,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK overall.

The pop-up morgues – complete with “internal racking” and “built in refrigeration units” – will be transported to existing NHS mortuary sites.

Councils will choose between ordering a single morgue holding 48 bodies, or a block of four modules holding 107.


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Wife of knife-wielding Staten Island man killed in 2018 police shooting sues city

The wife of a Staten Island man who was killed in 2018 in a hail of police gunshots that resulted in an NYPD cop taking friendly fire has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Faustino Dioso, 50, was allegedly drunk and wielding a 21-inch machete when he charged toward police who answered a 911 call on Dec. 9, 2018, at Dioso’s residence at 30 Bridge Court on Staten Island.

NYPD officers Salvatore Balistreri and Amir Pali, who responded to the call, opened fire on Dioso in an alleyway by Dioso’s basement apartment.

The officers responded to reports that Dioso was intoxicated and shouting outside the residence.

According to a lawsuit filed on Friday in Brooklyn federal court, Lourdes Dioso, Faustino Dioso’s husband, was awakened by the presence of NYPD officers and came out of her room to see her husband arguing with the cops.

Lourdes Dioso alleges that she tried to wedge herself between Faustino Dioso and the two officers and “diffuse the situation.”

At some point during the struggle, the widow alleges, one of the officers fired a Taser, which “exacerbated this situation.”

Lourdes Dioso said the Taser missed and an officer ran from the apartment. She says she saw her husband follow the officer — with nothing in his hands — and that she heard six shots.

One bullet struck Pali in the torso and wounded the officer, despite the fact that the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest.

The hit was believed to have come from a direct shot from Balistreri or a ricocheting round. Pali survived the gunshot.

Balistreri, Pali and the city are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The suit was filed one week after Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon cleared the officers of wrongdoing, the Staten Island Advance reports.

“We will not comment before we’ve had a chance to review the lawsuit and investigate the facts,” a Law Department spokesman said on Friday. “Anytime there is a loss of life in an incident such as this it’s tragic. We’ll review the suit and investigate the facts.”

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PROFESSOR HUGH PENNINGTON explains how Covid-19 spreads

The killer virus that just keeps breeding: PROFESSOR HUGH PENNINGTON explains how Covid-19 spreads, what its ‘aggressive strain’ is and whether it will die down in the summer

WHAT EXACTLY IS CORONAVIRUS?

‘Coronavirus’ is the name given to a family of viruses that we have known about since the mid-1960s. Covid-19, the cause of the current outbreak, is a new strain of coronavirus.

In total, we know of seven coronaviruses that can infect humans. They include certain strains of the common cold and the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).

SARS, MERS and Covid-19 are coronaviruses that evolved from animals to infect humans.

At the virus’s core is a bundle of RNA (ribonucleic acid), one of the two main types of genetic material underpinning all life (the other being DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid).

A woman wears a surgical mask while walking through Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London today 

This is protected by a protein coating that assists the virus in its sole aim in life: to replicate and pass on its genes.

To do this it must invade the cells of other organisms, using long tendrils on its protein coat which reach out like fingers to grasp on to protein molecules on the surfaces of the cell it is trying to infect.

These tendrils have knobs on the end which make the virus look like a crown – corona in Latin, hence its name.

HOW IS IT PASSED BETWEEN PEOPLE?

The virus’s preferred home is in the mucous membranes of the lungs. Each package of newly-replicated viral RNA is wrapped in a protective coating of its own and can be passed on in various ways: most commonly being coughed out of the airways in the form of airborne droplets and then inhaled by other people.

Alternatively, it can be transferred manually – for example, if you touch a hard surface onto which the droplets have fallen, hence the importance of current advice to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.

Today, March 6, saw the biggest one-day jump in the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus – there were 47 new cases, bringing the UK’s new total from 116 to 163

From the hands, coronavirus can get into the body when you touch your mouth, your nose or your eyes – the latter being connected to the throat via tear-ducts – and then breathed back down into the lungs.

The virus can also be found in human stools. This is a theoretical method of transmission – poor sanitation caused many SARS infections – but there is no evidence yet that Covid-19 has been passed on like this.

HOW DOES IT MAKE US ILL?

By forcing the lung cells of the infected person to replicate its RNA, Covid-19 disrupts normal respiratory functioning. This includes the constant waving motion of cilia: tiny hair-like projections in the lungs which sweep out mucus and dirt or particles that have been breathed in from the air around us.

With this vital defence mechanism impaired, the lungs are more vulnerable to potentially deadly infections like pneumonia.

We know that our immune systems are strongest when we are younger, so it is not surprising that children appear to be the least vulnerable to developing the worst symptoms of coronavirus.

The opposite is true of elderly people, especially if their lung function is already compromised – for example, by life-long smoking or conditions like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

In people of all ages, the symptoms can be worsened when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive in its response to infection. White blood cells dispatched to fight the virus and reduce the inflammation in the lungs can damage healthy cells in the process.

The fever experienced by many victims is another immune response, with the body raising its internal temperature to a level at which the virus can no longer operate.

The majority of people infected with Covid-19 will experience symptoms so mild that they will not even know that they have had the disease.

WHAT IS THE VIRUS’S ‘AGGRESSIVE’ STRAIN?

Viruses mutate all the time and what the Chinese scientists have identified is a minor variation (known as L-type) to the existing Covid-19 (S-type) rather than a new and insidious new virus.

The word ‘aggressive’ is being used to describe it but the facts are less alarming. The S-type which kicked off the epidemic in China appears to be milder and less infectious; L-type seems to be more infectious – it currently accounts for 70 per cent of cases – but does not appear to be causing symptoms that are any worse.

Bear in mind that new strains of influenza are evolving constantly. That is why our annual flu jabs contain two or three different vaccines which change year on year.

Any future vaccine against Covid-19 will similarly take account of the different strains out there.

WILL IT DIE DOWN OVER THE SUMMER?

Respiratory infections are certainly more common in winter. There is no simple explanation for this, but one theory is that viruses can survive longer in colder weather when there is less UV radiation (which can kill microbes) from sunlight bearing down on the hard surfaces on which they linger.

Or it may be that people get together in confined spaces more often in winter.

Whatever the explanation, there is no way of knowing what warmer weather will bring for the coronavirus. During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, UK cases peaked in July.

CAN YOU COMPLETELY PROTECT YOURSELF?

Short of wearing a spacesuit, or stopping the people around you from breathing, the answer is no.

But public health control measures proved highly effective in eradicating SARS in 2002/2003.

Even if we are not completely rid of Covid-19, it may eventually evolve into different strains of the common cold – a recurring winter infection which many of us build immunity to, having caught it once.

That said, there is no room for complacency. And if we can draw anything positive from the spread of Covid-19, it’s as a reminder that we cannot skimp on funding if science is to keep pace with the ever-evolving threats to our health both now and in the future.

 

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