January 25, 2020

RELAX, PROBABLY JUST A COINCIDENCE. Doctor at hospital in Wuhan dies after treating patients with coronavirus. “A doctor working at a hospital in Wuhan, China — treating patients stricken with the coronavirus — died Saturday morning. Liang Wudong, 62, died after he was infected with Wuhan coronavirus.”

Related: Is Beijing suppressing the true scale of infections? Nurse treating coronavirus sufferers in China claims 90,000 people have already been infected.

We can’t know how bad it is in China. We can only know that the PRC government will lie about how bad it is, and the worse it is, the more they will lie.

UPDATE: Weird, I searched N95 respirators on Amazon and an awful lot of them appear to be backordered.

On the other hand, there’s this: Don’t buy the media hype over the new China virus.

ANOTHER UPDATE: On the other hand, in the comments people are invoking John Ringo. I don’t want to live in a John Ringo novel.

MORE: For what it’s worth, here’s a Quora thread on what it’s like inside the quarantine zone in Wuhan City, with posts from people there, and from people in contact with friends and relatives there. No idea how representative or reliable they are, of course.

And this seems like good news: Israeli in coronavirus epicenter Wuhan: It’s impossible to get out. Though in China that probably just means you haven’t bribed the right people.

STILL MORE: John Ringo appears in the comments because of course! “I don’t want to live in a John Ringo novel, either.” At least it’s not one of the Posleen books.

MORE STILL: Some informed speculation here.

AND NOW: Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park close over China coronavirus fears.

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