Wuhan’s Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) is airborne

Adding to the woes that residents in China are already facing, health officials in ShangHai has announced that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) that has wrecked havoc in China is “airborne”.

The new revelation means that other than the already known modes of infection, namely via droplets, fomites and faecal-oral transmission, the 2019-nCOV virus can now also spread via aerosol transmission*.

The startling revelation was made on Saturday (8 Feb) by ShangHai Civil Affairs Bureau deputy head Zeng Qun, who was quoted by state-owned China Daily.

Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts.

As such we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease.

With millions of residents returning to work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday, concerns about airborne spread of the 2019-nCOV virus are so dire that health authorities in China have further urged residents to avoid gatherings, open windows to help with ventilation, practice good personal hygiene and regularly disinfect their homes, especially areas like door handles, dinner tables and toilet seats.

Singapore: Do not wear a mask if you are well

On a related note, with this added mode of transmission for the deadly Novel Coronavirus revealed, maybe it is time for the health authorities in Singapore to consider revising its “Do not wear a mask if you are well” BS advisory?

The island city currently has 43 confirmed cases, 98 suspected cases and 892 close contacts who are being quarantined or isolated, while hundreds or maybe thousands of people on mandatory Leave Of Absence (LOA) are still roaming around freely.

What do you think?

 

Updated: MOH disputes aerosol transmission claim

In a press release, MOH said it has looked into reports that the novel coronavirus could be transmitted through aerosol.

MOH cited an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention who said that there is currently no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through aerosol.

 

 

* Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols which can float quite a long distance and cause infection when inhaled. 

** China’s  National Health Commission and the World Health Organisation have yet to include aerosol transmission to the list of confirmed transmission routes as of Saturday (8 Feb).

 

 

 

 

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41 Responses to “Wuhan’s Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) is airborne”

  • Agreed, airborne:

    “On a related note, with this added mode of transmission for the deadly Novel Coronavirus, maybe it is time for the health authorities in Singapore to consider revising its “Do not wear a mask if you are well” BS advisory?”

    There is not enough stock for residents both citizens and foreign residents. Govt would not be given to supply the stock. Hence the various excuses not to wear mask.

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  • Wear lah:

    Wear lah the mask in public place. Also please wash your hands frequently.
    Will reduce the chance of local transmission of the virus.

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  • C’est la vie:

    ******
    My thoughts personally, is one of incredulity, that any responsible Govt would have advised masking up, to protect oneself and prevent any possible spread, even before it’s suggested that it’s transmissabl via “aerosol”. The prevention bit, because one doesn’t know that one is unwell, especially when there’s the incubation period of between seven to 14 days.

    Take the Brighton man who attended the conference in SG. He was well wasn’t he, …
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7984385/Hundreds-people-tested-coronavirus-French-Alps.html
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    … and the spread now is extensive.

    No one person or Govt is always right, and beings should be able to decide for themselves, the appropriate cause of action, for themselves. Look no further than the Sewol disaster, where most of those who ignored the captains instructions to remain where they were or in their cabins, … survived.
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    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/s-korea-secrets-capsized-ferry-201451575792245.html
    ~

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  • oxygen:

    TOO LATE, too many gullible idiots have taken on board STUPID ADVICE – don’t wear mask in public – shouted aloud in public information in circumstances of near total ignorance of this virus.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    So the MOH advice to only wear a mask if you are not well is NOT CORRECT. GKY failed again. He has TWO failures on one health crisis. This and the leaking of DORSCAN orange decision. This adds to the other 5+ mistakes he made since he became Health Minister.

    PAP is indeed a “spent force”. Vote for REGIME CHANGE at the coming GE. Bury PAP with LKY.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    For MOH to say now to always wear mask when outside the house will likely cause another round of panic buying. Stupid.

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  • No More Stock At Stores!:

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution:
    For MOH to say now to always wear mask when outside the house will likely cause another round of panic buying. Stupid.

    That will never result in panic buying, because no one is selling it. It’s OUT OF STOCK sign everywhere.

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  • Trublu:

    So,out of 30K from PRC returnees, how many have arrived in TINY SG?
    MOM JOJO,CAN UPDATE pls?

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  • Bapak:

    Simple analogy. Why the only country where the idiotic government telling locals not to wear masks when you are healthy has so many cases of human-to-human to local victims without the history of traveling to China?

    Airborne is the cause! Therefore, we conclude this PAP government is incompetent. Perhaps, if the idiotic Clown did not open his stupid big mouth so early, GKY would have a better stance to answer this question – why healthy people should wear the mask.

    Again, we conclude this whole propaganda is to cover one person’s (the Clown’s) backside. Are you so stupid to die because you believe this idiot? And this is not about being kiasu, kiasi. It is about street smart you are!

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  • Heng Swee Lan:

    Is chan a medical expert?
    Why he asks people not to wear masks if not sick?

    I attended a grassroots event and the host also kind of ask a guest why is he wearing one when told not to. Like giving him pressure putting him on a spot.

    The blind leading the blind.

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  • mike:

    Trust the smart millionstars to come out with an excellent idea of managing limited stockpile of masks by advising us not to wear mask if we are well!

    Frankly, how many idiots believe that? Sorry, i think there are, the happy daft.

    So many times i tell people around me that the masks are currently not sufficient for us to tide through this current disaster and we need to learn to survive on our own… and i get the message that “i trust the gov knows what to do, they ate not stupid!”

    Yes, they are not stupid, but most of us are. >.<"

    If i am the PM, i will offer first 5 reputable company who responded to build masks and related protection gear manufacturing factories at:
    1. 30 years land free
    2. 100% funding construction cost
    3. 100% funding for machines
    4. 100% funding for raw material purchase for 3 years

    In exchange for no cost to gov for the 80% of masks/products produced in first year, 70% of free masks/producs in 2nd year and 50% free masks/products in 3rd year with option of purchasing upto 20% stocks leftover at market price.

    What is holding back this gov from coming out aggressive solutions to sustain confidence on this tiny island?

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  • TruBlu:

    After 2 months or so since outbreak,CURE RATE BARELY STANDS AT 8.6 PCT IN WHOLE PRC.
    Meanwhile SPREAD RUNNING AT FASTER RATE.

    It is IMPERATIVE TO NOTE THAT PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE in this episode.

    So,better STOP FTs from PRC from ENTERING TINY N OVERTLY DENSELY POPULATED SINfools City till further settling of *dusk*?

    Else,prepare for wider spread.
    Lets not be stubbornly foolish.

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  • TruBlu:

    So,what is MIGHTY USA N THE TRUMPET DOING FOR THE HUMAN RACE?
    FLY ME TO THE MOON N TO MARS?!

    But cant help to RE-solve HUMAN SUFFERRINGS?

    PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT$$$?

    Hope their BO$$ES GET THE GERM$.

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  • Harder Truths:

    This is a well-thought out ploy to get $G citizens sick so we can be replaced by more FT (from Africa?). Remember 1 $G pay = 100 African pay.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah our Authorities advices are not useful, they should be quarantined.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the soluton:

    Straits Times: Coronavirus patients may be mildly ill for more than a week before condition becomes severe

    MOH advises not to wear a mask unless unwell. The above shows how stupid is MOH advice. You could be infecting others for more than a week before you realize you are sick.

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  • RDB:

    SO… WHO IS stupidly Peeing And Pooing again publicly hah!!!

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  • Lose if you join in:

    People rushed to buy essential items now like people rushing and queuing to buy million dollar condo and so called government subsidised EC.
    Are they stupid?
    A resounding no, can you afford to buy a condo or EC now?
    Are they rational?
    Yes, people like me who didnt join the rush could even find toilet paper in NTUC Fairprice, a government run cooperative run by a PAP MP.

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  • I dont believe it!:

    Professor Wang Lin Fa, a director of the emerging infectious disease at Duke-Singapore Medical School interviewed by The Straits Times suggests using a pen to press lift button – get a pen with a cap and remove the ink cartridge before using it. After using it, cap it and put it in your bag.
    Did he not know some lift buttons are thermal sensitive?
    Maybe he should have suggested using a condom to press the lift button, and put the condom back in the pocket, wash the condom at the first opportunity. Can use it for making love at night or anywhere and can explain to wife or husband why you are always carrying a condom.
    I am not surprise he will also advocate not to wear mask if you are well because PAP says so.

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  • Bapak:

    We are one level below for other countries to ban Singaporeans from their countries.

    Kuwait and Qatar already issued a travel advisory to Sinkland. Both Embassies here are advising their citizens postpone trips and those here to leave this fast Sinkingland.

    Many other countries will follow and the next step will be banned from their countries.

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  • My views:

    Surgical masks are not expensive, probably not more than 10 cents per piece purchased by the government from the suppliers.
    Why didnt PAP stockpile more? I believe the masks have quite long shelf life and the government can always circulate and issue the stockpile (old stock)to government hospitals and/or sell at cost or otherwise to other institutions.

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  • Bapak:

    LostHsienLooong, how did the two from Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 and Clifford Centre get the Wuhan virus? Did they wear masks?

    No, serve them right!

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  • justanothercitizen:

    If there is a reason to believe that we may be short of mask, then the responsible thing to do is to go and source for it before it runs out. Granted that it is a challenge because the epidemic is wide spread in East Asia. However, is not the Sgp government friends of the world? Use some persuasion with our friendly western country to secure some.
    That is the more responsible thing to do, rather than to dissuade us from wearing masks for protection. Or telling us how this virus is not as lethal as SARS.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Yesterday I asked if there were super-spreaders on this forum.
    Today I see this in UK newspaper!!

    Super Spreader from $inkapore flies to UK!!
    How many has he infected here??
    hahahahahahaha

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/uk-warns-coronavirus-imminent-threat-after-suspected-super-spreader-returns-singapore

    I am so happy now.

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  • Today WuHan, TMR?:

    If today city wuhan can be source of virus,
    What guarantees SG cannot be a Wuhan of tmr?

    Remember, population 10million. Extremely most Densely packed humanoids per square inch.

    Per fart, more smells it.

    Is this a livable city?
    Is SG getting Safer?

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  • Get Real:

    mike:
    Trust the smart millionstars to come out with an excellent idea of managing limited stockpile of masks by advising us not to wear mask if we are well!

    Frankly, how many idiots believe that? Sorry, i think there are, the happy daft.

    So many times i tell people around me that the masks are currently not sufficient for us to tide through this current disaster and we need to learn to survive on our own… and i get the message that “i trust the gov knows what to do, they ate not stupid!”

    Yes, they are not stupid, but most of us are. >.<”

    If i am the PM, i will offer first 5 reputable company who responded to build masks and related protection gear manufacturing factories at:
    1. 30 years land free
    2. 100% funding construction cost
    3. 100% funding for machines
    4. 100% funding for raw material purchase for 3 years

    In exchange for no cost to gov for the 80% of masks/products produced in first year, 70% of free masks/producs in 2nd year and 50% free masks/products in 3rd year with option of purchasing upto 20% stocks leftover at market price.

    What is holding back this gov from coming out aggressive solutions to sustain confidence on this tiny island?

    An excellent idea!

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  • Bapak:

    Today Bug Bunny made another screw-up statement. He said panic-buying will undermind international confidence on Singapore.

    Did he noticed international confident on SG has already gone with the super-spreader event, human-to-human virus spreading who no travel history to China?

    International communities are also surprised and shaking their heads with disbelieve how ignorant they are the idiot Clown & his yesmen & yeswomen gang telling people not to wear mask.

    Kuwait & Qatar have issued travel advisory to SG. Sinkies70 if you still don’t wake up, please go and die.

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  • Bapak:

    Breaking News – There you go Bug Bunny, Sarawak has already lost confidence in Singapore. All visitors fron Sinkland to Sarawak are to be quarantined for 14 days.

    Does this small boy knows no one will lost confidence on panic-buying?

    This absolute has no idea PAP has to be removed asap.

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  • Get Real:

    HK just announced that the virus is air-borne and advise people to wear mask at all times. Are the 4Gs smarter by telling Singaporeans it is unnecessary to wear mask if you are well? You think people will believe them? With the internet, people get their news from all over the world. Propaganda works only on those who depend on the state media for their daily news diet.

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  • MotherShit Cronyism:

    Chan tell people not sick not to wear masks.

    Can Chan Guarantee by not wearing masks, people would not get infected?

    Can Chan be sued if someone gets infected after listening to his call and actually get infected because he did not wear a mask?

    Is what Chan telling people certified by a qualified doctor?

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  • Harder Truths:

    wah-lan

    Now virus become Airborne Commando. Respect meh. Well engineered meh.

    Wuhan Bio-Lab – Huat Huat Huat!!

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  • Get Real:

    USA has already banned foreign nationals from China from entering the country. Japan and Malaysia also. The EU is contemplating the same. But the 4Gs still want to let 30,000 return from China to SG to work? Are they smarter than the rest of the world leaders? Or plain dumb thing to do? Meanwhile, every day the numbers of infected are creeping up. SG is already in the news after a UK man who attended a business conference here infected 11 other people in France and UK. It just took 1 person to infect 11 others. Has the danger sunk in yet?

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  • “Professor Wang Lin Fa, a director of the emerging infectious disease at Duke-Singapore Medical School interviewed by The Straits Times suggests using a pen to press lift button – get a pen with a cap and remove the ink cartridge before using it. After using it, cap it and put it in your bag.”

    The virus can also be spread through fomites and the pen and the bag is a medium for it to do so.

    What a freaking joker of a professor.

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  • mike:

    Tell that idiot using a disposable chopstick with a scissor better!
    My hawker auntie suggested!

    TRE Techie:
    “Professor Wang Lin Fa, a director of the emerging infectious disease at Duke-Singapore Medical School interviewed by The Straits Times suggests using a pen to press lift button – get a pen with a cap and remove the ink cartridge before using it. After using it, cap it and put it in your bag.”

    The virus can also be spread through fomites and the pen and the bag is a medium for it to do so.

    What a freaking joker of a professor.

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  • Sibei jialut, Shanghai can virus can fly, Beijing say it cannot fly.

    All also expert here expert there, who to believe?

    .

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  • Fay Mongoling:

    oxygen:
    TOO LATE, too many gullible idiots have taken on board STUPID ADVICE – don’t wear mask in public – shouted aloud in public information in circumstances of near total ignorance of this virus.

    Yes, too late indeed!

    According to a professor in the Christian Science Monitor University in the State of Massagejuicy, United State of Penny:

    “ Since the bug is airborne, it would have Long spread right up to stratosphere, every oxygen molecules in the atmosphere would have 2019-nCoV attached. The beginning of the end of Homo sapient is in sight.”

    That’s it, ITE.

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  • @Fay Mongoling

    This professor and the one quoted by ST all members of GILA alumni.

    Temperatures at the troposphere and stratosphere are very extreme. Even if the virus is able to float to that height, can it survive?

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  • Precaution Pls:

    Better take all precaution to contain the virus.
    Delay the return of all China citizen to Singapore.
    All frontline staff dealing with the public to wear Mask.
    If possible, all to wear a mask in crowded places.
    All with cough or flu symptoms or high temperature to test for the virus to detect early and get treatment.
    Promote frequent washing of hands..make sure all shopping centres and hawker centres are clean frequently and with an adequate supply of soaps for public use at all time.

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  • More bad news. According to China’s top virologists, the virus can remain dormant for up to 24 days in some cases.

    https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2020-02-10/doc-iimxxstf0311805.shtml

    .

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  • Fay Mongoling:

    TRE Techie:
    @Fay Mongoling

    This professor and the one quoted by ST all members of GILA alumni.

    Temperatures at the troposphere and stratosphere are very extreme. Even if the virus is able to float to that height, can it survive?

    You got the point there!

    Some people have said that Tibet, China has only one confirmed case so far is because of the harsh environment !

    However,remember reading science journals years ago that some viruses could survive air temperatures of 400C for extended periods.

    Temperatures at troposphere and stratosphere are around -60C to -80C, contemporary science might not have ruled out if virus could survive in that temperatures. Otherwise NASA would not have to take precautions upon the return of their astronauts from space.

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  • @Fay Mongoling

    You also got a poiint there and I cannot say it is impossible.

    BUT MOH say liao, in lack of evidence to prove contrary, assume bo taichi until proven otherwise then we act. lol

    .

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