Coronavirus (or the Wuhan Virus)
Based on a conversation with people on the ground in China, the virus is much worse than has been reported in the Western press. Not that I think much of the news media in the US. As with the Spanish Flu Epidemic (1918-1920), otherwise healthy young adults are dying. Usually flu epidemics claim the very young and very old.
In the case of the Spanish Flu, the high mortality rate occurred because the virus triggered a cytokine storm, which ravaged the stronger immune system of young adults. I’m not a virologist, so I can’t offer a valid opinion. But I can speculate that something along the same lines may be happening. The Spanish Flu was said to have jumped species from birds to humans in the same way that the Coronavirus has.
In China, during the SARS epidemic of 2002-3, people suspected of having been infected were rounded up and placed in concentration camps as a potential remedy, which didn’t work. The Chinese government is considering similar measures as it continues to shut down travel from cities where infections are rampant. SARS was a coronavirus.
Again, reverting to a phone call last night, coronavirus seems to go from mild respiratory distress to pneumonia in very short order.