The coronavirus recently passed the death toll of the SARS outbreak in 2003 and after the death of a doctor that had been treating patients, there is even more concern about the transmission of the disease.
On Monday, it was revealed another 66 cases have broken out on a cruise ship that is under quarantine in a Japanese port, creating even more panic worldwide over the seriousness of this health emergency.
Massive Outbreak on Quarantined Cruise Ship
The Diamond Princess has been docked at Yokohama port for fear passengers were infected and could spread the virus.
An estimated 2,600 passengers have been locked up in their cabins for six days.
The most recent outbreak, putting the infected passenger count up over 100 in all, is creating widespread panic and anxiety among the passengers remaining on the ship.
One passenger recently stated, “My whole thing is just to stay calm, because no matter what, I’m here.
“But every day it’s anxiety-provoking when we see the ambulances line up on the side of the ship.”
Now It’s Airborne
When the death of a doctor treating patients was announced last week, the same doctor credited for being the whistleblower alerting everyone to the seriousness of the virus, more questions were raised than answered.
Doctors are clearly taking every precaution not to be infected, so his death raised concerns about the transmission of the virus.
Per an MSN report, some of those questions have been answered, as it was announced the virus is now airborne.
Prior to this report, it was only believed the virus could be contracted by touching or direct contact resulting in bodily fluid exchange with someone that had the virus.
China Daily, however, reported, “Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols which causes infection after inhalation.
“As such we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease.”
So, now there are three ways to contact the disease:
- Direct transmission by breathing in the air of someone infected via a cough or sneeze
- Contact transmission by touching a contaminated surface, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Airborne contact
As of Monday, there are more than 37,000 reported cases and more than 800 deaths attributed to the coronavirus worldwide.
Additionally, there are also reports that the previous incubation period believed to have been 12 days may now be 24 days.
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