Wuhan coronavirus update: the media’s tone gets darker, but there is some good news

The tone of coverage in the Western press turned darker on Sunday, as the news of shorter latent/incubation periods and asymptomatic transmission we reported yesterday hit larger publications. The possibility that the 2019-nCoV strain may become endemic rather than being suppressed was discussed for close to the first time in the biotechnology news website Stat

For an outbreak that spreads at “viral media” speed, China’s multi-city lockdown is a new normal

Liu Zheng Zheng of the Harvard Business Review China, based in Beijing, contributed to this report Judging by the forums and private Facebook groups we follow, the most terrifying feature of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak so far has been the Chinese government’s aggressive response — whole cities and tens of millions on sudden lockdown in

US health authorities’ key numbers on Wuhan coronavirus are more optimistic than experts’ models

Our deep dive into the epidemiological models for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has brought to light a serious and important mismatch between the public messaging by the World Health Organization and US public health authorities, and the models they’re using internally to make projections about the course of the disease. The incubation period and latent

An in-depth look at four academic models of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak’s spread

With the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic still spreading throughout China and to an increasing number of countries around the world, epidemiologists are racing against time to simulate the progress of the disease’s spread. These simulations will not only yield more accurate predictions of future events, but they’ll give helpful guidance to public health authorities on how

Wuhan virus: 2019-nCoV came from bats, still spreading in China, may not be locked down in the USA

Since we published our initial overview of the Wuhan Coronavirus epidemic, there have been a number of new developments, many of them concerning. Key developments: We’ve learned that the virus originated in bats, has transmitted from human to human in Vietnam, and that the CDC is evaluating dozens of potential cases in the United States.

No, the Wuhan coronavirus is not an escaped bioweapon

Recent widespread rumors that the Wuhan coronavirus is an escaped bioweapon are irresponsible alarmism unsupported by the underlying facts. While blowback from bioweapon development leading to disease outbreaks is a staple of plague fiction, from 1971’s The Andromeda Strain, to 1995’s Outbreak, to the recent Planet of the Apes films, it’s extremely unlikely that is

Wuhan coronavirus: what you need to know about its origins, efforts to contain it, & what’s next

Liu Zheng Zheng of the Harvard Business Review China, based in Beijing, contributed to this report Last updated: 01-27-2020 at 3:00 pm ET A previously undiscovered respiratory virus originating in Wuhan, Hubei province, China has given rise to a rapidly growing, headline-grabbing viral epidemic that’s now spreading across the world as we all watch the

A new take on the hollow-handed survival knife from Winkler Knives

Mastersmith Daniel Winkler is showing off a prototype of an upcoming survival knife that’s a twist on the old “hollow-handled Rambo knife” idea from the 80’s. Instead of a hollow tube for a handle, with the knife blade screwed onto it — a weak design that we recommend everyone stay far away from — Winkler

UCO’s new Sprout+ rechargeable lantern: compact, flexible emergency lighting

UCO is best known for its fire-starting products — their matches dominated our big match review — but the company also makes a number of outdoor-oriented lighting products. New from the company for 2020 is the Sprout+, small, lightweight lantern that I’m really excited about as a top compact contender for our long-planned lantern review.

Gallery: $6,000 solar-rechargeable doomsday bikes for bugging out when gas is scarce

This is my sixth year at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and this is the first time I’ve seen an entirely new product category crop up, here: the hunting e-bike. These new additions to the show floor are ultra-tough mountain bikes with lithium-powered electronic motors — 750W or 1000W — that use microprocessors and

Wuhan coronavirus: key developments for the week of 1/19/2020

A collection of key developments in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus (nCoV-2019), updated throughout the week for those who just want the signal and not the noise. If there’s something you think we should include, sound off in the comments thread attached to each week’s post. Saturday, January 25 [10:53 pm] The latest clinical

CDC to screen travelers at three major US airports for deadly new virus

We’ve had our eye on a brand new, previously-unknown-to-medicine respiratory virus since we put it in our news roundup on Monday. The situation has evolved quite a bit since then, so here are the latest developments: The disease, a coronavirus that is spread through the air, is being called Wuhan Pneumonia, after the area of

The odds of political violence in Virginia just went up

If you want to see first-hand how America could conceivably slip back into the kind of political violence we saw in the 1970’s, then you should take a look at what’s currently unfolding in Virginia. It’s one of the best case studies in recent years of how social-media-fueled rumors, changing demographics, the growing urban/rural divide,

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