More than 75,000 people may have become infected in China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak, a development that suggests the new disease may be far more viral than the public has been led to believe.
Medical experts from the University of Hong Kong made the claim last week, modeling that the average person infected with the disease may go on to infect 2 or 3 other people. If the disease is so easily transmitted, it may be far more dangerous than previously thought.
If 75,000 people are truly infected with the disease, it’s likely that its pervasiveness has doubled and tripled within matters of weeks or even days.
A count of 75,000 goes well beyond any figures that the Chinese government has admitted to. The Chinese Communist Party has been accused of covering up the spread of the disease in order to protect its own image and that of China internationally.
Alarming videos have emerged of Chinese public health workers removing bodies from residential apartments in body bags.
A Home Security camera video allegedly from #China dated 01/02/2020 shows body-bags being silently transported out of homes almost legitimising what many whistleblowers have been calling a #Coronavirus cover up pic.twitter.com/MsWP4D9zff
— d-atis (@detresfa_) February 1, 2020
President Donald Trump instituted a limited travel ban on China to prevent the spread of the viral disease to the United States. A few individuals who recently traveled to China have received treatment for coronavirus in the United States, all of them being placed in strict medical quarantine to avoid spreading it.
It’s believed the entirely new viral disease originated from an open-air seafood market in Wuhan, China, where live animals were regularly bought and sold for human consumption. Wuhan is the epicenter of the epidemic, and the city has been largely shut down to further contain it. Some scientists believe the disease entered human circulation from the consumption of bats.
In a situation where the Chinese government can’t be relied upon to truthfully explain the spread of the dangerous disease, it’s not surprising that some American Senators such as Tom Cotton have called for a full travel ban to be placed on China while the coronavirus is dealt with.