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. This original COVID-19 page is constantly being updated.

Many people are worried about what happens if this virus was to break out in their city, so if this is you, check out the "Prevention And Protection In A Pandemic" article.

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.

In the United States your state health department is a good place to get local data on this virus. In Oregon where I live this is the Oregon Health Department link.

The CDC updates are also available. The CDC updates for number of known sick and dead in the U.S.A. are available here.

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 3-14-2020, there has been 38,000,000-54,000,000 cases of flu illness and 24,000 to 62,000 flu deaths this winter. Remember that many cases of flu are not even reported to the CDC and many of the deaths are due to pneumonia brought on as a secondary infection from the flu, so this is why these are estimates and the actual numbers of flu and deaths could be much different than estimated. There is a bigger fatality with the COVID-19 than the flu, but the shear numbers of people getting the flu are huge and therefore many more are dying.

In the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic - Swine Flu from April 12,2009 - April 10, 2010, the CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths in the United States from (H1N1)pdm09virus. We did not do much of anything out of the ordinary when this took place. Will this virus be worse, the same or not as deadly, we have no way to know.

Number of Cases And Deaths By Dates

Please realize that most countries, including the U.S.A. are testing those that are the sickest and if we were testing everyone, the death rate would be much less that that listed. I note that our death rate in the U.S.A. is currently much less than many other places. Indeed there are a couple other countries with lower rates also. I think they are all testing some people who are less sick. As we are able to have more tests available and test those who are less sick, it will theoretically cause the death rates to decrease significantly.

As of 4/1/2020 The cases in the U.S.A. are 186,101 and 3,603 deaths. This is a 1.9% death rate.

As of 4/1/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 823 626 cases There are 40, 598 deaths deaths reported. This is a 5% death rate.

As of 3/30/2020 The cases in the U.S.A. are 140,904 and 2,405 deaths. This is a 1.7% death rate.

As of 3/30/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 693,224 cases There are  33,106 deaths reported. This is a 4.7% death rate.

As of 3/27/2020 The cases in the U.S.A. are 85,356 and 1,246 deaths. This is a 1.5% death rate.

As of 3/27/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 509,164 cases There are  23,335 deaths reported. This is a 4.5% death rate.

As of 3/25/2020 The cases in the U.S.A. are 68,440 and 994 deaths. This is a 1% death rate.

As of 3/25/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 372,757 cases There are  16,231 deaths reported. This is a 4% death rate.

As of 3/25/2020 The cases in the U.S.A. are 54,453 and 737 deaths. This is a 1% death rate.

As of 3/23/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 332,930 cases There are  14,510 deaths reported. This is a 4% death rate.

As of 3/23/2020 The cases in the U.S.A. are 33,737 and 453 deaths. This is a 1% death rate.

As of 3/22/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 292,142 cases There are  12,784 deaths reported.

As of 3/21/2020 The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 266,073 cases There are  11,184 deaths reported.  The global death rate currently appears to be at around 4%. However,  mild cases are often not known or reported, so the real rate of deaths is probably much lower.

As of 3/20/2020  The cases in the U.S.A. are 15,219 and 201 deaths.

As of 3/19/2020 In The USA The cases in the U.S.A. are 10,442 and 150 deaths. Many mild cases are not being reported. We are in the early stages and many people are not being tested or reported. There is no way to know how many people have the virus or what the death rate is at this point. In a couple weeks this will become more evident. The initial test kits had issues and slowed this down a bit. The government enlisted the private industry to help with testing and we are now getting testing underway on a large scale.

As of 3/19/2020 On Planet the The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 209,839 cases and has stopped listing the number of countries, so perhaps is everywhere now. There are  8778 deaths reported.  The global death rate currently appears to be at around 4%.

As of 3/18/2020 In The USA The cases in the U.S.A. are 7038 and 97deaths.

As of 3/17/2020 On Planet the The World Health Organization has listed a world-wide total of 179,111 cases and has stopped listing the number of countries, so perhaps is everywhere. There are  7426 deaths reported.  The global death rate currently appears to be at around 3.5%.

As of 3/16/2020 In The USA The cases in the U.S.A. are 3487 and 68 deaths on 3/16/2020.

As of 3/15/2020 On Planet the World Health Organization has listed 81,048 confirmed cases in China and 3204 deaths. There is a world-wide total of 153,517 cases in 143 countries. and  5735 deaths.  Outside of China there are 72,469 confirmed cases, and 2531 deaths. The global death rate currently appears to be at around 3.5%.

As of 3/13/2020 In The USA The cases in the U.S.A. are 1629 and 41 deaths on 3/13/2020. However, the testing is underwhelming that is currently taking place in the U.S.A. and as more testing takes place we will find many more people have the virus here.

As of 3/10/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 80,924 confirmed cases in China and 3140 deaths. There is a world-wide total of 113,702 cases in 109 countries. and  4012 deaths.  Outside of China there are 32,778 confirmed cases, and 872 deaths. The global death rate currently appears to be at around 3.5%.

As of 3/4/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 80,422 confirmed cases in China and 2984 deaths. There is a world-wide total of 93,090 cases in 76 countries. and  3198 deaths.  Outside of China there are 6,009 confirmed cases, and 86 deaths. The global death rate currently appears to be at around 3%.

As of 2/29/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 79,394 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 85,403 cases in 53 countries. There are 2838 deaths.  Outside of China there are 6,009 confirmed cases, and 86 deaths. The death rate currently appears to be at around 3%.

As of 2/26/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 78,191 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 81,109 cases in 37 countries. There are 2,718deaths.  Outside of China there are 2,918 confirmed cases, and 43 deaths. The death rate currently appears to be at around 3%.

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%.

Updates On Cases

What About Angiotensin converting Enzyme Inhibitors

The SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19, uses the SARS-COV receptor angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) 2 for entry into target cells . The interface between ACE2 and the viral spike protein SARS-S has been studied and the efficiency of ACE2 usage was found to be a key determinant of SARS-CoV transmissibility.

Animal experiments have shown that the ACE-inhibitor lisinopril and the angiotensin-receptor blocker losartan can significantly increase mRNA expression of cardiac ACE2. We don't know if the expression of ACE2 receptor in the virus targeted cells increased by the use of ACE-inhibitor/angiotensin-receptor blocker and would therefore put the patient more at risk for a severe course of COVID-19 should they get it and be on an ACE-inhibitor or blocker.

Can I Catch This Virus Off  A Sufrace - March 27

Well we really don't know. We know the virus can live on some surfaces for up to a few days, but we don't know how virulent it will be on that surface.  If you touch it, the virus may not have the ability to invade cells in your body, which is what makes it dangerous. We simply don't know this yet. We know some people shed extreme amounts of virus while others don't? The Lancet medical journal described a couple hospitalized with severe infections. They had 372 contacts. Not a single one of those contacts ever converted to positive.

Using Plasma/Sera As Treatment - March 25

There is talk about using plasma/serum from those who have recovered from COVID-19.

A Great Lecture On Traditional Chinese Medicine Used For COVID-19

Dr. John Chen on COVID-19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDp6g655LYU&feature=youtu.be

Younger People Dying - March 19

According to the CDC Morbidity And Mortality Weekly Report, A review of 44 deaths, showed more than a third occurred among adults aged 85 years and older, and 46% occurred among adults aged 65-84 years, and 20% occurred among adults aged 20-64 years.

People aged 19 years and younger appear to have milder COVID-19 illness, with almost no hospitalizations or deaths reported to date in the United States in this age group.

Overall, older patients in this group were the most likely to be hospitalized, to be admitted to ICU, and to die of COVID-19. A total of 31% of the cases, 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of ICU admissions, and 80% of deaths occurred in patients aged 65 years and older.

These results also might overestimate the prevalence of severe disease because the initial approach to testing for COVID-19 focused on people with more severe disease.

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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