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.

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.

HEALTH: China’s Hubei province confirms 15 more deaths due to coronavirus.

WELL, OKAY THEN: Government health agency official: Coronavirus ‘isn’t something the American public need to worry about.’

Related: Coronavirus: US woman walks deserted Wuhan streets as city remains on lockdown.

UPDATE: This seems a bit alarmist. Harvard epidemiologist says coronavirus is “thermonuclear pandemic level bad.”At least I hope it is! So I don’t trust the information coming out of China very much — whether from official or unofficial sources — and what spooked me a bit last night was that the Chinese government, which I would expect to understate and underreact here, is calling the situation grave and quarantining multiple large cities. Of course, they could be panicking, but my assumption is that while their information may also be imperfect, it’s better than what I can get. So I’m not panicking, but I”m a bit concerned. Of course, the proper response at this point is what you should be doing anyway, which is have enough food, medicine, etc. ready to hand that you can stay away from public places for a few weeks if necessary.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: China Quarantines 40 Million, 1,300+ Infected; Expert Predicted Coronavirus ‘Pandemic’ Could Kill 65 Million; U.S. Evacuation Underway In China.

Related: “China’s years-long expansion into Africa – and the corresponding flood of Chinese workers establishing themselves there – has left the continent particularly vulnerable to the spread of a new iteration of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.”

More: Coronavirus outbreak: New York on high alert with over 1,200 infected worldwide.

And finally (for now): Wesleyan University student being monitored for coronavirus in Connecticut.

Corona Virus Can Be Spread Before Someone Has Symptoms

 

h/t GR