last updated: 02/02/2020
TLDR: There is one 2019 Novel Coronavirus case confirmed in Santa Clara County(Which includes MTV and SVL) today. This is the seventh case in America. We’d better be prepared for the potential risk. If you know the whole story, you can stop reading now.
Yesterday, WHO(World Health Organization) declared the virus outbreak as A Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC, the latest one is Ebola). Today the White House announced that if someone visited China within two weeks the entry to the USA would be denied. Now this has become a very serious public health issue, globally.
I’ve been watching the whole thing developing since the very beginning. At the end of December 2019, I noticed a rumor saying there were several cases found in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. At that time, the local government of Wuhan didn’t take it very seriously, nor did the Chinese government. But it’s true that no human-to-human transmission case was found and we did know very little about the virus, which is a new virus and still developing. But around the 20th, people realized this may be a severe issue. The central government sent a group of experts to Wuhan to do the investigation and they find things are already out of control. So the government made the decision: lock down the whole city, the airport, railway stations, bus stations, subways, public transportation, highways are closed.
Wuhan is a city of around 11 million people(2018 stats). The city mayor later confirmed, around 9m people are still in the city and around 5m people left before the lockdown(now we know it’s 14m in 2020). Because it’s the Chinese New Year holiday and people are going back to their hometown to meet their families, relatives, and friends to celebrate the new year. Plus Wuhan’s location makes the situation harder to control—Wuhan is located in the center of China. Put it in a straightforward way, people brought the virus to every province in China and of course, different countries around the world. After that, 12 other cities in the same province followed the action. And later did other cities in other parts of China. The new year holiday was extended by the government and basically the whole country is in an emergency state. Probably only the hospital, banks, supermarkets, and the government are still functioning(In America, we tend to shut down the government).