Less than two weeks ago LynnDee Summers and I released this podcast that discussed an obscure story about the mystery illness in China. Since that time the “mystery illness” has become known globally as the Wuhan Virus. As of this morning, more than 800 confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in China alone. Experts report the virus is now being spread person to person but they still do not know enough about the illness to stop it. Major cities in China have been quarantined. The US State Department has issued a Level 4 travel warning. At least 7 countries now have confirmed cases of the Wuhan Virus.

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In this podcast episode, I am joined again by LynnDee Summers and also Dr. Jason Lofton. We discuss what is going on with the Wuhan Virus and why everything changed in the last ten days. We also discuss how to maintain a reasonable approach to this growing crisis.

Basic Facts of Wuhan Virus

It was believed to originate from the seafood market in Wuhan. But in the last 10 days, people who never went to the market were found infected by the virus. Based on this, authorities now believe the Wuhan virus can spread from person to person. The virus is officially known as 2019-nCov. It is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that was not previously been identified in humans. People may have the virus and not yet know it.

The normal incubation period for flu is two or three days. But for a coronavirus, it could be five to six days, a week, or even longer. This accounts for why the spread of the virus multiplied so rapidly in the last 10 days. Fever is the main manifestation of the virus. Dry cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea are the other main symptoms. Some patients get a runny nose.

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Timeline of the Wuhan Virus

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at www.theendofhistory.net