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2003-03-16 07:32:41.36644+00 by Diane Reese 27 comments

Hey Dan, you're not planning a trip to Hong Kong any time soon, RIGHT??

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#Comment made: 2003-03-16 19:23:48.340817+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks for the link. This was part of the discussion at breakfast this morning (due to weather and general malaise we forwent skipped the hike), and I hadn't read anything about it. Manfred's in New York right now, and when he gets back we planned to have enough information to make travel arrangements, but postponement or figuring out another way is definitely in the cards now.

#Comment made: 2003-03-17 01:35:03.645317+00 by: Dan Lyke

Q&A on SARS.

#Comment made: 2003-03-18 22:53:42.846411+00 by: Dan Lyke

Some German doctors seem to think it's a paramyxovirus, which means it's not terribly curable, but some good guesses can be made on how to support the body's immune system while it's being fought.

#Comment made: 2003-03-20 04:09:26.924806+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hong Kong victims all visited a floor on a hotel in Kowloon. This indicates that the currently supposed transmission vectors could be wrong.

#Comment made: 2003-03-21 00:54:12.219895+00 by: Dan Lyke

6 California cases, including one each in Alameda and Santa Clara. Soon it might not matter if I go to Hong Kong.

#Comment made: 2003-03-24 03:12:28.329217+00 by: Dan Lyke

interesting rundown of how it spread.

#Comment made: 2003-03-24 21:57:59.245207+00 by: Dan Lyke

another news report claiming to know the doctor who started the outbreak, talking a bit about the spread since the cases that stemmed from the Metropole hotel in Hong Kong.

#Comment made: 2003-03-25 04:58:58.594057+00 by: Dan Lyke

Or maybe it's just a new variant on the coronavirus.

#Comment made: 2003-03-26 22:36:03.54466+00 by: Dan Lyke

The CDC page on SARS is probably the first place I should be looking.

#Comment made: 2003-03-30 16:41:17.307663+00 by: Dan Lyke

Carlo Urbani, the WHO doctor who first spotted SARS, has died of it.

#Comment made: 2003-03-30 16:42:12.3038+00 by: Dan Lyke

Second hospital closed in Toronto.

#Comment made: 2003-03-31 23:33:11.778987+00 by: Dan Lyke

From Borklog: "Super-Pneumonia" or Super Scare?

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to address my particular question: Do I go to Hong Kong next week? Telling me that this isn't nearly as bad as the great flu pandemic of 1918-1919 doesn't speak very well to my particular case, especially if the U.S. is likely to not let anyone in from Hong Kong at some point in the next month.

#Comment made: 2003-04-01 00:19:34.952638+00 by: Diane Reese

Next week?!?! Heck no!

#Comment made: 2003-04-01 19:50:13.839548+00 by: Diane Reese

An American Airlines plane from Tokyo that landed in San Jose this morning is quarantined on the tarmac with 200 people on it, after 2 crew and 2 passengers complained of SARS-like symptoms during the trans-Pacific flight. Health officials are trying to decide what to do.

#Comment made: 2003-04-01 23:49:58.917397+00 by: Dan Lyke

False alarm.

#Comment made: 2003-04-02 14:00:20.684968+00 by: John Anderson

The WHO sez, "Hell no, Dan shouldn't go".

#Comment made: 2003-04-05 04:18:15.661011+00 by: Dan Lyke

Not going.

Bush authorizes quarantine for SARS.

#Comment made: 2003-04-23 03:42:34.439537+00 by: mark richards

Two good sources on SARS I've found are flyingchair.net (Hong Kong) and pekingduck.blogspot.com (Beijing). Both are fantastic writers and eyewitnesses. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes scary, usually right-on.

#Comment made: 2003-05-02 21:05:19.7605+00 by: Dan Lyke

Virus mutating quickly.

#Comment made: 2003-05-04 16:05:55.090829+00 by: Dan Lyke

Lives for 24 hours on otherwise clean surfaces, 4 days in fecal matter, and there's some concern about next winter:

In another set of studies, scientists in Japan examined how well the virus weathered extreme temperatures. The virus started to deteriorate at 40 degrees, but seemed to remain viable indefinitely when temperatures dropped to 32 degrees. Scientists in Beijing produced similar results.

#Comment made: 2003-05-06 12:52:40.323896+00 by: Dan Lyke

Okay, this seems paranoid: UC Berkeley bans summer school enrollment for student from 4 Asian nations, nomintally to cut SARS spread, but I think we know the incubation period, right? Yeesh.

#Comment made: 2003-05-08 19:32:40.108872+00 by: Diane Reese

A closer examination of the statistics reveals that the death rate from SARS is more like 15% than the 4% initially surmised. The highest mortality is seen in those 45 or older.

#Comment made: 2003-05-08 21:39:14.187827+00 by: Larry Burton

SARS sounds like some bad stuff but I'm still more personally concerned about West Nile virus and I'm not all that personally concernd about that. Don't get me wrong, I am overall concerned about what SARS could become but I don't have a personal fear of coming down with the disease. I do believe that the UC Berkeley action is bordering on hysteria.

#Comment made: 2003-05-15 21:53:31.577948+00 by: Dan Lyke

China will kill you if you intentionally spread SARS, and the CDC raps Berkeley's SARS ban.

#Comment made: 2003-06-06 15:36:13.339277+00 by: Dan Lyke

San Mateo has imposed involuntary isolation on man with symptoms who didn't stay at home.

#Comment made: 2003-06-23 16:54:03.538677+00 by: Dan Lyke

WHO removes Hong Kong from SARS list.

#Comment made: 2003-07-06 22:20:13.347096+00 by: Dan Lyke

The hotspots list is empty, now that Taiwan has been removed from the list.