Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2019-nCoV: Don't Overreact Lah!

According to, 2019-nCoV which first emerged in Wuhan, China, on December 31, has sickened 20,701 and claimed the lives of 427 people mostly in that country as of now. 

Yes, China should rightly get very worried, even very alarmed. In fact, it is already battle stations – and the authorities have indeed taken steps to stem the rampaging epidemic. And they will do more. 

BTW, I read a news bulletin on Monday that China's Health Commission had reported that a total of 475 patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus and discharged from hospitals nationwide. It is not all just about disease and death. Hope lives there too.

And for the rest of the world, it is still ‘safe’ – so there’s no need for everyone to go overboard. When governments overreact, the populace gets whipped into a mad frenzy that belies the actual danger that the Wuhan virus actually poses. 

One Malaysian allegedly experienced this in London, UK:

In case anyone thinks I am treating the 2019-nCoV issue lightly – I am not. But methinks how we respond to the disease should be appropriate to the risk(s) it presents. It’s a matter of perspective. 

Sure, the Wuhan virus is unsettling, even unnerving – but please know that it is NOT as bad as the flu! 

From the January 31 report of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Influenza activity has now risen for 2 consecutive weeks. At a time when many are rightly concerned about the novel coronavirus (2019nCoV) – of which there are 11 confirmed cases in the United States as of Monday – citizens are warned not to drop their guard about influenza, which has caused at least 19 million illnesses, 180,000 hospitalizations, and 10,000 deaths so far this season. 

The flu season, which started in September and can run until May, is currently at its peak and poses a greater health threat to the US than novel coronavirus, physicians say.

In the FA Cup Round 4 replay match yesterday – it was a full house at Anfield – Liverpool earned a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town. 

The young Reds had edged past the Shrews through Ro-Shaun Williams' own goal in the seventy-fifth minute. The Shrewsbury defender headed past his own keeper from Neco Williams' cross. 

What an amazing result for Liverpool's youngsters. They managed to dump Shrewsbury out of the FA Cup and booked themselves a fifth-round tie against Chelsea!

And here's something to warm our hearts! James Milner had watched Neil Critchley‘s academy side triumphed. 

On an evening when Liverpool named their youngest-ever side, and their youngest-ever captain in Curtis Jones, it was comforting that their oldest outfield player was on hand to cheer them on. Respect!

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