Coronavirus Disease Updates

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This page provides updates on the Coronavirus a couple times each week. You can find basic details on this illness, as well as methods to support your resistance to the virus at the original Coronavirus page.

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, and that name is COVID-19.

Get the latest Corona Virus COVID-19 details from the World Health Organization.

The CDC updates are also available.

See the bottom of this page for some data on how Chinese herbs are being used.

To keep from getting infectious disease, improve your resistance to disease by supporting your immune system, eating healthy, get exercise, sun, and refreshing sleep. See more details on the primary Corona virus page.

To give this perspective,  the CDC - Center of Disease Control in USA, estimates from 10-1-2019 to 2-15-2020, there has been 29,000,000-41,000,000 cases of flu illness and 16,000 to 41,000 flu deaths. Remember that many cases of flu are not even reported to the CDC, so this is why these are estimates and the actual numbers of flu and deaths could be much different than estimated.

Number of Cases And Deaths By Dates

As of 2/23/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 77,042 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 78,811 cases in 28 countries. There are 2,445 deaths.  Outside of China there are 1769 confirmed cases, and 17 deaths. The death rate currently appears to be at around 3%.

As of 2/17/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 70,635 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 71,429 cases in 25 countries. There are 1,772 deaths.  Outside of China there are 794 confirmed cases, and 3 deaths. The death rate currently appears to be at around 2.5%.

As of 2/14/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 48548 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 49053 cases in 24 countries. There are 1381 deaths.  Outside of China there are 505 confirmed cases, and 2 deaths. The death rate currently appears to be at around 2.8%.

As of 2/13/20 the CDC confirms the 14th case of the virus in the USA. There CDC says " There are likely to be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan. While 195 people were discharged from quarantine yesterday, more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine."

As of 2/12/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 44730 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 45171 cases in 24 countries. Of the known cases in China, 8204 of these cases are considered severe and there are 1114 deaths.  Outside of China there are 441 confirmed cases, and 1 death. The death rate currently appears to be at around 2%.

As of 2/10/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 40235 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 40554 cases in 24 countries. Of the known cases in China, 6484 of these cases are considered severe and there are 909 deaths.  Outside of China there are 319 confirmed cases, and 1 death. The death rate currently appears to be at around 2%.

As of 2/6/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 28060 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 28276 cases in 24 countries. Of the known cases in China, 3859 of these cases are considered severe and there are 564 deaths.  Outside of China there are 216 confirmed cases, and 1 death. The death rate currently appears to be at around 2%.

As of 2/3/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 17238 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 17391 cases in 23 countries. Of the known cases in China, 2296 of these cases are considered severe and there are 361 deaths.  Outside of China there are 153 confirmed cases, and 1 death.The number of deaths are less than those first thought to be taking place. It currently appears to be at around 2%.

As of 1/31/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 9720 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 9826 cases in 19 countries. It is suspected that there are actually 15238 cases of the novel corona virus at this time in China. Of the known cases, 1527 of these cases are considered severe and there are 213 deaths. The number of deaths are less than those first thought to be taking place. It currently appears to be at around 2%.

As of 1/30/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 7736 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 7818 cases in 19 countries. It is suspected that there are actually 12,167 cases of the novel corona virus at this time. Of the known cases, 1,370 of these cases are considered severe and there are 170 deaths. The number of deaths are less than those first thought to be taking place. It currently appears to be at around 2%.

Coronavirus Disease Updates On Treatment

2/23/2020

Both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are being used side by side for best results to curb COVID-19.  TCM includes herbal medicines and aupuncture. A member of the Chinese central government work group, guiding the epidemic control effort in Hubei province said TCM is being used to rapidly improve the symptoms of mild patients, shorten the course of disease for patients with severe symptoms and reduce the possibility of mild infections from becoming severe.

The latest clinical research on 102 patients with light symptoms found TCM treatment can shorten the average length of a patient's stay in hospital by 2.2 days while enhancing the recovery rate by 33 percent compared with the control group.

The transfer rate from mild symptoms to severe symptoms dropped by 27.4 percent, and the number of lymphocytes, an important indicator of the health condition of patients who are recovering, increased by 70 percent, according to the clinical research.

One herbal formula, known as Qingfei Paidu Soup (which has a variety of tweaked formulas you may find on the internet), has emerged as an effective prescription and has been listed in the latest diagnosis and treatment guide book. I decided not to list the formula as it is not a safe formula for everyone to use, and I am concerned that it would not be used approrpiately, leading to  people possibly hurting themselves by taking it when not appropriate. Also it is important to note that these basic formulas are changed for individuals as needed. What makes the formula safe and useful is the practitioner tweaking it to use for each unique individual.

Common Formulas Being Used

The National Health Commission and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommend Qingfei Paidu decoction. Clinical observation and data analysis have been performed on the therapeutic efficacy of this classical TCM formula. One formula for Qingfei Paidu decoction appearing on multiple sites, including, listed 21 ingredients. The top ingredients in terms of quantity are calcium sulfate, Radix bupleuri (common name bupleurum, effective in the treatment of alternating chills and fever; may induce headache or nausea), Poria cocos (efficacy in draining dampness and transforming phlegm; concurrent administration of diuretics contraindicated), Radix dioscoreae (Chinese yam, known to tonify qi and yin of the lungs, spleen, and stomach; may have hypoglycemic effects, use with caution in comorbid hepatobiliary disease).

Pneumonia Formula No. 1, developed by the Chinese Medicine Department at Guangzhou Eighth People's Hospital, and its variations Pneumonia Formula No. 2, Pneumonia Formula No. 3, Pneumonia Formula No. 4, and Pneumonia Formula No. 5 are also in use. Formula No. 1 has achieved favorable clinical results in Guangzhou. Formula No. 1 includes two herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity, Flos lonicerae (honeysuckle flower) and Fructus forsythiae (forsythia fruit), along with 16 other ingredients.

Previous Data On TCM And COVID-19

  • China's state media, Xinhua published an article that an oral herbal medicine could "inhibit" the COVID-19. However, this was from in vitro (petri dish) research by the Chinese Academy of Sciences where the herbal formula of Honeysuckle, Chinese skullcap and Forsythia were shown to kill the virus. This was not a clinical trial and therefore we do not know if this formula inhibits the virus in the human body.
  • On January 27th, the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine started clinical trials in four provinces have been studying a traditional Chinese Medicine formula that has been used on 214 patients with confirmed COVID-19 On Feb. 6th they said the formula is looking promising.
  • Liu Qingquan, head of the Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and affiliated with Capital Medical University, advises the central government on how to make full use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in treating COVID-19, as well as offering other suggestions on prevention and treatment. His hospital has been getting good results with the use of TCM in conjunction with western medicine. Liu said TCM has a lot to offer people with the novel coronavirus.
  • Researchers at the state-run academy, a top government think tank, are also studying the potential use of a plant commonly known as Japanese knotweed to alleviate symptoms.

 

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