Health officials are on high alert.
A terrifying outbreak has swept across several countries.
And this global pandemic is even deadlier than experts thought.
The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China is getting scarier by the minute.
What started out as a seemingly minor viral phenomenon has turned into a pandemic.
In a relatively short span of time, China has experienced nearly 45,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and the death toll has surpassed 1,100.
The figures have essentially doubled in one short week.
And the pandemic could be even deadlier than health officials thought.
According to researchers, the incubation period for the coronavirus could be as long as 24 days.
That means carriers of the virus can be asymptomatic for over three weeks while spreading the illness to others.
If this is the case, then the quarantine procedures that have swept across major cities in China could be feckless unless they’re extended.
And people who were exposed to the virus before quarantine could be carrying it all over the place.
This changes the strategy for health officials desperate to contain it.
The long incubation period dovetails with a theory on the origin of the illness.
The official story that the notoriously dishonest communist government of China is propagating is that the infection was spread by way of bat soup at a seafood market in Wuhan.
Wuhan just so happens to be the facility of China’s lone virology institute, and one of the top researchers there was studying bats.
Bats have the capability of carrying deadly illnesses without exhibiting any illnesses, so the coronavirus could potentially lay dormant for up to 24 days in a similar fashion.
If true, the coronavirus disaster could just be starting.
A Japanese cruise ship was already quarantined, and 174 cases have been detected on the ship.
The coronavirus has already proven to be more lethal than the SARS outbreak of 2003 that killed nearly 800 people.
Thus far, the mortality rate for the coronavirus is roughly 2%, but its ease of spread has made it deadly.
Also, China’s attempts at saving face have meant that getting honest information about the outbreak has been difficult.
Mainland China’s heavy censorship and propaganda make it incredibly difficult for honest information to spread.
The bat soup storyline is already falling apart, so there’s no telling what’s going on.
If the coronavirus was unintentionally—or intentionally—released from the lab in Wuhan, the Chinese government isn’t going to be forthright about it.
And speculation on that issue is being tamped down.
The financial blog Zero Hedge was permanently banned from Twitter for pondering if the researcher at the Wuhan Institute could’ve been responsible for the coronavirus in some way.
Nevertheless, health officials in the United States are taking the matter very seriously.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has already issued a travel advisory, and they’re coordinating with local governments to limit the spread of the virus.
There are already a dozen confirmed cases in the United States, and that number could rise quickly if the incubation period is longer than expected.