The Wuhan Coronavirus - An immortal bug?

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It looks as if the Wuhan coronavirus is as dangerous as recent medical reports have stated. The Chinese government may be releasing figures, such as 340 dead and 11,700 infected, but a lot of commentators now believe that these numbers are a gross underestimate of the true number of deaths, and infections. The following YouTube video, seemingly filmed in a hospital in Wuhan, indicates that people are dying every few minutes. Such a rapid death rate would fit an epidemic with the properties of the Wuhan coronavirus (reproduction rate of 4, incubation period of two weeks, death rate of 11%+ for those admitted to hospital).



It would not be a surprise if China did grossly underestimate fatalities. They were widely accused of doing exactly the same thing during the SARS outbreak. It is therefore sensible for everyone outside China to assume that thousands have died and possibly half a million are infected.

Unfortunately, there may be an extra aspect of the Wuhan coronavirus that very few people have, so far, talked about. It is the evidence that someone who recovers from the Wuhan virus infection may not eradicate the virus from their body. The following YouTube video, created by Peak Prosperity (Chris Martenson), reports on this extremely worrying development:



The scientific paper that Chris mentions is the: New England Journal of Medicine - Transmission of 2019 N-Cov infection from an Asymptomatic contact in Germany.

If that report is correct, then it means that at least some people aren't free of the virus after their fever and other symptoms have abated. Normally, an epidemic proceeds in the following way. The bug infects a person, then that person spreads the bugs to others. Infected people fall ill as their immune systems attempts to eradicate the bug from their bodies. Some die but others survive. These survivors have developed an immune system that can tackle the disease. Their immune systems have wiped out the invader. As a result, the epidemic slowly fades out, because it runs out of people to infect.The disease can survive for a short while on clothing, surfaces etc but heat and ultraviolet light eventually destroy it. In the end, the only way the bug survives is by retreating into an animal that can host it without dying or fighting it off, such as a bat.

The scary possibility with the Wuhan coronavirus is that it won't follow this process. If its victims recover from their illness but continue to host the virus, then they may be walking infectors until they die. They will be like the horseshoe bats that host SARS viruses and Ebola without dying. The only problem with humans performing this role is that a lot of them will die when they're infected with the virus. Eventually, the world will be divided into permanent carriers of the disease, the dead and anyone who can maintain complete isolation from the rest of the world. The horror doesn't end there. If anyone has a child, that child will have to somehow fight off the disease while still in the womb, or shortly after birth. No new people can enter the world without successfully fighting off a Wuhan virus infection. Even if they do, they'll be yet another virus incubator. It sounds like a bad science-fiction movie but it is a possibility, based on this latest scientific evidence.

In an earlier blog article, I discussed the possibility that the Wuhan coronavirus was created in a lab. One candidate suspect site, if that theory is correct, is the level 4 biohazard facility in Wuhan. It contains bat SARS viruses and it is sited only ten miles from the official virus epicentre. Its senior staff have spent many years studying how SARS-like coronaviruses can live in bats without making the bats ill. The scary question is, did one of them make a SARS-like coronavirus that can live in humans continually, like the SARS virus does in bats? If one of them did create such a virus, and that virus got out, then we would get a virus that either kills someone it infects, or stays in them for an indefinite period of time, while continually infecting others. If such a virus spread amongst the population, all of us who survived the initial infection would become human equivalents of a horseshoe bat, walking incubators of a deadly virus, until the virus was circling in the entire human population.

I dearly hope that I am wrong. I guess we will find out, either way, in the next twelve months.