In other words, many people who are infected with the coronavirus and are spreading it have no idea they are infected.
This means existing screening efforts cannot contain this pandemic. Blocking all travel from China is the only way to stop this from quickly spreading to other countries, and those steps are not being taken because world governments have convinced themselves they know how to spot coronavirus carriers as they move through airports.
But they are delusional.
How do we know this?
First, we have the Japanese nationals who were recently evacuated back to Japan on a government-chartered flight. Out of the 206 people who were returned to Japan on the first flight, three were found to be infected with coronavirus. Out of the three, two showed no symptoms.
The three, who have been hospitalized -- one in stable condition and two without symptoms -- were among 206 people brought back Wednesday from the city at the center of the deadly outbreak of the pneumonia-causing virus.
Japan also carried out a second flight of 210 Japanese citizens, and there are hundreds more awaiting additional flights. Japan is, of course, screening everyone for coronavirus infections, but what the media fails to report is that coronavirus lab tests cannot detect the virus in its early staged of incubation in a human being. Why? Because there's not enough virus replication yet taking place in the person's body to give a strong enough signal on gene sequencing instruments.
So on the first flight where three people had coronavirus, the other 203 passengers could have been infected during the flight, yet passed all the screening with a clean bill of health. They may even start shedding coronavirus over the next 10 days while showing no symptoms themselves.
So even when health authorities tell people to "self-report any symptoms" such as fever or coughing, many people show no symptoms and therefore have nothing to report. Yet they are still shedding the coronavirus and infecting everyone around them.
Adding to the confirmation of "asymptomatic carriers" of coronavirus, a study just published in The Lancet documents the case of a 10-year-old boy who showed no symptoms of coronavirus infection yet was shedding viruses and infecting people around him.
The case of a 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus even though he showed no symptoms is raising concern that people may be spreading the virus undetected by the front-line screening methods implemented to contain the epidemic.
Bloomberg, in other words, is reporting exactly what Natural News has been warning about for days: Screening methods can't contain this virus because it operates in "stealth" mode, shedding infectious viruses from people who show no symptoms and don't even know they're infected themselves. As Bloomberg reports:
...the 10-year-old appeared healthy and was only diagnosed with the virus after his parents insisted he too was tested, his doctors said, adding that he “was shedding virus without symptoms.”
“You may have mild disease spreaders that would be feeding sort of a community outbreak and they don’t go to hospital because they don’t feel that bad,” said Ralph Baric, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has studied coronaviruses for decades and warned about their threat before the 2003 SARS outbreak.
Details of this symptomless carrier were published in The Lancet in a paper entitled, "A familial cluster of pneumonia associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus indicating person-to-person transmission: a study of a family cluster."
That paper describes the infected family as people who, "had no history of contact with animals, visits to markets including the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, or eating game meat in restaurants."
The paper documents the symptomless patient as having a high viral load, shedding the virus and exposing others:
"A rather unexpected finding from the lung CT scan of patient 5, which was done on the insistence by the nervous parents, also showed ground-glass pneumonic changes. Patient 5 was later confirmed virologically to have an asymptomatic infection... Two complete genome sequences of this novel coronavirus were recovered from the nasopharyngeal swab of patient 2 and the sputum sample of patient 5 with an earlier cycle threshold value indicating a higher viral load."
The conclusion of the paper states, "as shown in this study, it is still crucial to isolate patients and trace and quarantine contacts as early as possible because asymptomatic infection appears possible."
In other words, people with no symptoms can infect others.
This stunning, pivotal fact is being ignored by nearly everyone.
The upshot of the findings detailed above is that the coronavirus cannot be contained through normal screening procedures. Even when members of the public are told to self-report if they experience symptoms, some carriers show no symptoms at all and therefore have nothing to report.
The long incubation period of the virus (up to 14 days) combined with the viral shedding that takes place during all stages of incubation -- which is unusual for most viral infections -- makes the coronavirus the perfect "stealth virus" that defies traditional screening and containment efforts.
The upshot is that even if China's infections level off, the coronavirus will show a second wave of pandemic outbreaks in other countries that are too late to enact the draconian isolation mandates now witnessed in China, where over 56 million people are currently living under military-enforced quarantine orders.
China's efforts may actually succeed locally, since isolation really is the only cure for this pandemic. But other nations such as Thailand and the United States are taking no such steps. The USA isn't even blocking travel from China, continuing to allow symptomless carriers to enter the United States and potentially infect others.
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