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SARS is much worse than is being reported
Personal American friends living in Hong Kong | CometBaby

Posted on 03/29/2003 5:30:08 AM PST by CometBaby

My American friends living in Hong Kong called last night. The SARS in Hong Kong is much worse than has been reported. China has been fudging on the number of cases. He said that the number of new infections have been DOUBLING DAILY. It's spreading like wildfire. It's more contageous than has been admitted and there is no cure. The schools have all closed and many workplaces are not requiring employees to come in. They expect the Airport to CLOSE .. nobody knows exactly when, and people are scrambling to get out of the country before it does. The hospitals are all full and they plan to begin to quaranteen people in their homes.

He said that walking in Hong Kong is absolutely surreal .. everyone is wearing masks. And another thing .. they are running out of masks. It's really bad.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atypicalpneumonia; epidemic; hongkong; mysteryvirus; sars
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1 posted on 03/29/2003 5:30:08 AM PST by CometBaby
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To: CometBaby
If that turns out to be the case liberals will replace AIDS with SARS as the next politically correct disease to expend government funds upon.
2 posted on 03/29/2003 5:31:50 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: CometBaby
Just..damn.
3 posted on 03/29/2003 5:31:54 AM PST by AntiGuv ()
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To: CometBaby
Guess who's gotta fly to Beijing from Taiwan next Friday. (Hint--his screen name starts with a Z)
4 posted on 03/29/2003 5:31:54 AM PST by zook
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To: CometBaby
Welcome to The Stand.
5 posted on 03/29/2003 5:32:41 AM PST by 11B3 (.308 holes make invisible souls. Belt fed liberal eraser.)
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To: goldstategop
Unlikely as SARS doesn't target politically protected groups like homosexuals.
6 posted on 03/29/2003 5:34:10 AM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Mother Abigail; CathyRyan
ping.
7 posted on 03/29/2003 5:34:11 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen (Godspeed Ronald Young. Douglas county is praying for you to make it home.)
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To: CometBaby
>>It's more contageous than has been admitted <<

Actually, CDC has been very forthcoming about this. We know exactly how contagious it is.

We are not acting as if we know what to do about it-but we certainly are not covering anything up with regard to the extreme "contagiousness" of the SARS agent.

8 posted on 03/29/2003 5:34:22 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: CometBaby
It is especially frightening that there is a war going on, which will inevitably cause dislocations of people, and along with that a vehicle to spread disease. Didn't WWI contribute to the horrible influenza epidemic at that time?
9 posted on 03/29/2003 5:34:49 AM PST by grania ("Won't get fooled again")
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To: CometBaby
>>They expect the Airport to CLOSE <<

It's not Hong Kong that needs to close-it's OUR international airports that need to close to flights from Asia.

10 posted on 03/29/2003 5:35:47 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: CometBaby
All Public schools in Singapore are now closed and the hospitals are full. Yes it is crazy.

All Schools in Singapore closed

11 posted on 03/29/2003 5:35:54 AM PST by expatguy
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To: CholeraJoe
ping.
12 posted on 03/29/2003 5:37:22 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: goldstategop
This is not a politically correct disease and I would not reference it in that manner. It is not going to target a specific group of people. It is AIRBORN and that means it is highly contageous. There is no reason to think it is going to be limited to Hong Kong. It is going to affect EVERYONE.
13 posted on 03/29/2003 5:37:49 AM PST by CometBaby
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To: goldstategop
"If that turns out to be the case liberals will replace AIDS with SARS as the next politically correct disease to expend government funds upon."

I think you are incorrect. This disease is not spread mostly by homosexual behavior!

14 posted on 03/29/2003 5:39:49 AM PST by Dacus943
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To: CometBaby
I agree. I was being sarcastic about the way health issues have been hijacked for political advantage by our Left. Let's all hope SARS doesn't become another pandemic.
15 posted on 03/29/2003 5:40:20 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Jim Noble
We just returned from a trip to the Casino. People were packed into those places. Considering we touched the same slots and money, breathed the same air...it wouldn't be hard to spread the disease in a Casino.

Lot's of Orientals go to gamble at Vegas.

sw

16 posted on 03/29/2003 5:40:27 AM PST by spectre (spectre's wife)
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To: grania
Do a FR search for:

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Regards

J.R.

17 posted on 03/29/2003 5:43:06 AM PST by NMC EXP
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To: CometBaby
As I mentioned on another thread, Steven Quayle was on Coast to Coast Fri. night talking about this SARS. His website is extremely interesting. I would provide a link to it, but I don't know how to do it. Apparently some scientist working in a bio weapons lab in China unwittingly carried it off and began the outbreak.

Another thing he mentioned was that somewhere they were digging up the graves of people who had died of the spanish flu in the 1918 epidemic for the purposes of collecting the virus and replicating it in the lab.

18 posted on 03/29/2003 5:44:12 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper.)
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To: CometBaby
http://www.who.int/csr/sarscountry/2003_03_27/en/

Cumulative Number of Reported Cases (SARS)


From: 1 Feb 2003 To: 27 Mar 2003, 17:30 GMT+1

Country Cumulative number of case(s) Number of deaths Local transmission*
Canada  28  3  Yes
China +  806 34  Yes
China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region   367  10**  Yes
China, Taiwan  6  0  Yes
France  1  0  None
Germany  4  0  None
Italy  2  0  None
Republic of Ireland  2  0  None
Romania  3  0  None
Singapore  78  2  Yes
Switzerland  2  0  To be determined
Thailand  3  0  None
United Kingdom  3  0  None
United States  45 §  0  To be determined
Viet Nam  58  4  Yes
Total 1408 53  

Notes:
Cumulative number of cases includes number of deaths.

As SARS is a diagnosis of exclusion, the status of a reported case may change over time. This means that previously reported cases may be discarded after further investigation and follow-up.

*National public health authorities report to WHO on the areas in which local chain(s) of transmission is/are occurring. These areas are provided on the list of Affected Areas.

+ 792 cases, including 31 deaths, reported from Guangdong Province cover the period 16 November 2002 to 28 February 2003. These cases were compiled from investigations as well as hospital reports and may include suspect as well as probable cases of SARS.

§Due to differences in the case definitions being used at a national level, probable cases are reported by all countries except the United States of America, which is reporting suspect cases under investigation.

**One death attributed to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China occurred in a case medically transferred from Viet Nam.

19 posted on 03/29/2003 5:44:22 AM PST by Brian Mosely
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To: Dacus943
You're right its not affecting politically protected groups right now. Still its not too much to hope that the medical advice will be take seriously by every one. One thinks of how people ignored AIDS til it spread beyond control and no one wanted to offend gays as documented in Randy Shilts' book And The Band Played On. The last thing we need is professional medical judgment again being compromised by political considerations.
20 posted on 03/29/2003 5:44:32 AM PST by goldstategop
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