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Novel Coronavirus — The Latest Pandemic Scare

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • As of February 2, 2020, mainland China reported 17,187 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia (NCIP), including 362 deaths. The first case was reported in December 2019. Since then, cases have also been reported in at least 23 other countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and France
  • Clinical manifestations of NCIP are consistent with viral pneumonia
  • The hysteria being drummed up follows a well-worn pattern where the population is kept in a state of fear about microbes so that drug companies can come to the rescue with yet another expensive (and potentially mandatory) drug or vaccine
  • In January 2018, China’s first biosecurity level 4 lab designed for the study of the world’s most dangerous pathogens opened its doors in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the current NCIP outbreak
  • October 18, 2019, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a pandemic preparedness exercise in New York, practicing for the emergence of a new fictional viral illness dubbed “coronavirus acute pulmonary syndrome”

Chances are you’ve heard the news about a new and potentially lethal coronavirus. Ground zero is Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China. As of February 2, 2020, mainland China reported a total of 17,187 confirmed cases, including 2,110 severe cases and 362 deaths (including a retired doctor working with coronavirus patients in Wuhan).

The first case was reported in Wuhan on December 21, 2019. According to ProMED International Society for Infectious Diseases:


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