I don’t know about you, but I have double and triple crossed off China from any vacation bucket list I had and I have vowed to stop buying products “made in China.” And if you haven’t done either of those two things, you just might after you read this latest story.
As we sit here now and struggle with the effects of the coronavirus —Americans locked in their houses, our economy collapsing, all thanks to China and their mishandling and shady dealings regarding the COVID-19 virus— another virus is starting to make headlines in China. It’s called “hantavirus.” A man who tested positive for hantavirus recently died on a bus.
Here’s what we know about the virus. It supposedly stems from rats —specifically rat feces and urine— although I remind you that they told us the coronavirus likely came from bats and that doesn’t appear to be the case.
In addition, reports indicate that hantavirus is not “contagious” from person-to-person. However, again, big word of caution on that since the World Health Organization told us on January 20th that China “experts” said the coronavirus was not “contagious” either. And we all know how that turned out…
Also, like coronavirus, the hantavirus has been around in one form or another for some time now. The hantavirus-infected man was from Yunnan Province and he died while aboard a chartered bus on his way back to Shandong Province for work on Monday.
A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday. He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested. pic.twitter.com/SXzBpWmHvW
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 24, 2020
“The #Hantavirus first emerged in 1950s in the American-Korean war in Korea (Hantan river). It spreads from rat/mice if humans ingest their body fluids. Human-human transmission is rare,” Swedish scientist Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh tweeted.
“Please do not panic, unless you plan to eat rats,” she stressed.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said hantavirus is rare — but put the death rate at 38 percent.
Symptoms may occur up to eight weeks “after exposure to fresh urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents,” the CDC says, noting it can occasionally also come from bites from infected rats or mice.
The symptoms in many ways mirror those reported from the novel coronavirus — with sufferers reporting fevers, headaches, coughing and shortness of breath.
One patient likened it to “a tight band around my chest and a pillow over my face,” the CDC said.
That is almost identical to what those with COVID-19 have reported, with Rep. Ben McAdams recently saying he “felt like I had a belt around my chest.”
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome became a “nationally notifiable disease” in the US in 1995, but there have been no known cases transmitted between people, the health group says. [New York Post]
While this doesn’t seem like any reason to panic, I do think it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in China, especially because those people lie a lot. It’s time America really starts distancing itself from China until they make some drastic changes—from human rights to animal rights and sanitation, among other things.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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