More Cases of Coronavirus in California

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The global map of the spread of the coronavirus on January 31 (slide 1) and January 26 (slide 2) [Photos: CDC]
Update by edhat staff
February 3, 2020

The total cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus detected in California have risen to six as of Monday, February 3.

There are 11 total confirmed cases in the United States, none of these are in Santa Barbara County.

Ventura County released a statement that two people were tested for the virus. One of the tests came back negative while results are still pending for the other test. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the Central Coast of California.

On Sunday, a husband and wife were diagnosed with the virus in San Benito County. The husband traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated, but the wife contracted the disease in the second person-to-person transmission in the U.S., according to a statement from health officials. The husband was screened at San Francisco International Airport on January 24 and was without systems, although he and his wife developed them days later. Both have remained in their home since the diagnosis.

Another case was reported in Santa Clara County after a woman traveled from Wuhan to the area. This is the second case in Santa Clara County, however, officials state the two cases are unrelated, CNN reported

Earlier this week edhat reported two cases in Southern California, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) is working closely with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC to respond to the outbreak of this novel coronavirus. SBCPHD is communicating with local health care providers on how to safely and effectively evaluate ill people who have been to China. They are providing updates on their website.

The coronavirus has caused 361 deaths and more than 17,000 people have been diagnosed, most of which are in China. All deaths related to the virus have taken place in China except for one reported in the Philippines. The virus has spread to more than 20 countries and territories.

A global emergency was declared last week by the World Health Organization and the Trump administration announced a public health emergency Friday while evacuating citizens and personnel from China. A temporary travel ban was approved to bar foreigners from entering the U.S. if they have been to China in the past 14 days, with exceptions for the immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents.


By edhat staff
January 26, 2020

Two cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus that originated in China have been detected in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The outbreak of this respiratory illness started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It causes some patients have a mild illness while a small number have had a more severe illness, and a few have died. Cases have been diagnosed in fourteen countries and now in California, Washington, and Illinois.

Health officials confirm the cases in Southern California came from people who recently traveled to Wuhan. A returning traveler who landed in Los Angeles County is receiving medical treatment. The patient in Orange County is in good condition and is isolated at the hospital. 

Health officials state the risk of local transmission remains low and anyone who has come into close contact with the patients has been contacted.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of the novel coronavirus is not yet known.

Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it is unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath.

Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own. There are no specific treatments but for patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) is monitoring the situation and working with partners to identify any possible cases. No cases have been reported in Santa Barbara County.

If you have traveled to China between December 15, 2019 and now, and you have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history.

For the most up to date information regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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a-1581182987 Feb 08, 2020 09:29 AM
More Cases of Coronavirus in California

JAMA study. "Latest coronavirus study implicates faecal transmission. The digestive tract may be a secondary path of transmission for the novel coronavirus, scientists said following the publication of the latest study reporting patients with abdominal symptoms and loose stool. The primary path is believed to be virus-laden droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze, though researchers in early cases have said they focused heavily on patients with respiratory symptoms and may have overlooked those linked to the digestive tract. A total of 14 out of 138 patients (10 percent) in a Wuhan hospital who were studied in the new paper by Chinese authors in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) initially presented with diarrhoea and nausea one or two days before developing fever and laboured breathing."

a-1581184325 Feb 08, 2020 09:52 AM
More Cases of Coronavirus in California

We always wash our hands after coming home from any outing, and have for many years. Now I'm thinking more closely, and realize that the steering wheel has never been washed nor the door handles. I asked at my favorite coffee shop where I eat b'fast..."do you have a dishwasher?" and was told no. Handles/utensils for the food I eat there, unheated. Even the handles of my own silverware at home are suspect...but I DO use my dishwasher. Money can also be contaminated by fecal transmission of coronavirus (Hep A type precaution). I'm not doing handshakes anymore, just bow and clasp hands in prayer mode, which I learned from my doctor who has always done this. Thank you Dr. Marta Sovilj.

a-1581190638 Feb 08, 2020 11:37 AM
More Cases of Coronavirus in California

Autoimmune illnesses (immunocompromised dangers re CDC) list, and if you have any of these you are at increased risk (and if you are a senior citizen even moreso) from coronavirus. Examples are lupus, MS, myositis, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia. Here's the list: thttps://www.aarda.org/diseaselist/

a-1581196106 Feb 08, 2020 01:08 PM
More Cases of Coronavirus in California

"The Shanghai government just announced some terrible news (8Feb2020) the Coronavirus IS airborne. It can be spread through the air EVEN if the infected person isn't present. Previously many doctors advice was to maintain a 1-2m distance and not wear a mask. This advice is now useless! The virus particles bond with oxygen particles in the air and remain stable and float even after the infected person leaves. Entering this room and breathing these particles in will infect you. These virus particles can come from someones spit, fecal matter, and other sorts of bodily fluid discharge. N95 masks with a respirator are more important than ever now! " https://twitter.com/happyintheair/status/1226128392459825155 -and- https://twitter.com/Laurie_Garrett/status/1226207739141115911

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