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Man tests positive for novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County

Original post made on Jan 31, 2020

A man has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County, marking the first case of the disease that has become widespread, the county's Public Health Department announced Friday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:46 PM

Comments (21)

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 31, 2020 at 2:16 pm

The recommended precautions are the same as for avoiding the flu. Wash your hands frequently. Don't touch your face or food with unwashed hands. Don't go to work (or to social gatherings) if you are sick and encourage friends and coworkers to stay home if they are sick. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not the open air or into your hands.

Don't be paranoid. You are still much more likely to die of the flu than the coronavirus.


Posted by Are you listening RWC!!!!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 31, 2020 at 2:47 pm

RWC will be playing a role in the spread of this virus if they insist on holding their huge lunar NY party. This is the exact kind of event the CDC is telling people to avoid.

WTH RWC!?!?


Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2020 at 4:06 pm

We will be fortunate if there aren’t any cases in Alameda County, also.
Silicon Valley professionals travel often to/from Wuhan for work and personal travel.
The self isolation was slow to get going. Hopefully, we will get past the potential incubation and transmission period (w/o symptoms).


Posted by SuperWoke
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 31, 2020 at 5:02 pm

I wish I knew which city, health care provider, and grocery store.


Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:12 pm

They canceled Chinese New Year celebrations in Vancouver, B.C.


Posted by Downfall
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:24 pm

How can they say he had few contact with others on the trip back? Aren't there a lot of people on the same plane as him potentially exposed due to being in such a confide space for a long time?

I cannot believe the US govt has not stopped all air traffic to/from China, should have been done at least a week ago.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2020 at 7:48 pm

Wet markets are in all Asian and SE Asian countries.
Less so in Singapore, and I never saw one in Japan.
Eating bats is considered a delicacy by many people.
I knew it was wrong for many reasons, but one minority ex-pat does not have a lot of power.
Hopefully this outbreak will help raise awareness of the capture, sale, and consumption of wild and often endangered species.


Posted by Dillon
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 31, 2020 at 8:09 pm

Ban all flights coming from China. We know where the infection is coming from - why don't we stop it now!


Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jan 31, 2020 at 10:21 pm

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:47 am

Why is the Santa Clara county patient not being quarantined in a hospital or other professional facility like ALL THE OTHER CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE US? Self quarantine is difficult to control. Who will provide food etc.? How about his housekeeping members and kids (who are still going to school)?


Posted by Karen
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:49 am

Autocorrect typo, I meant: How about his household members and kids (who are still going to school)?


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2020 at 10:04 am

"Those potential contacts were airline employees, medical center staff and household members, she said."

Was this man the only passenger on a private jet?

I think PAMF's flu shot clinics ended yesterday but a simple Google search about where to get a shot will bring up numerous options. Can't hurt to get one.


Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2020 at 1:32 pm

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

""She warned the public to take precautions to stay at home if they are ill ..."

Tell that to the sick (mostly immigrants) who wear a mask in public rather than stay at home until they are healthy again."
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Tell that to the employees of one large San Jose computer manufacturer founded by an Asian American imigrant. The founders culture is for everyone to work hard, even when sick. A number of employees have returned from Wuhan and came back to work at the SJ headquarters, coughing up a storm. No self quarantine for these types of work-aholics. I'll bet money that company will have multiple confirmed cases in the next two weeks.


Posted by The New MBA
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 1, 2020 at 3:57 pm

>> Tell that to the employees of one large San Jose computer manufacturer founded by an Asian American immigrant. The founders culture is for everyone to work hard, even when sick. A number of employees have returned from Wuhan and came back to work at the SJ headquarters, coughing up a storm. No self quarantine for these types of work-aholics. I'll bet money that company will have multiple confirmed cases in the next two weeks.

^^^ Perhaps, but productivity in general will remain at a high level (for the time being) & corporate profits will exceed all expectations.

The Chinese-inspired manufacturing model has come to America and besides, there are countless new workers willing to immigrate from the mainland to work here.

Various 'specialized' work visas + underground indentured servitude agreements provide the manpower needs.

Once again, America finds itself behind the eight-ball.




Posted by Born in the U.S.A.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2020 at 5:57 pm

The media is doing a good job of not publicizing names, the last thing we need is xenophobia. I am Chinese, born in the Bay Area, graduated from PAUSD. I don't want people fearing me, I have never even visited Asia and my friends do not travel to Asia. As another article mentioned, Chinese New Year events are being cancelled. Asians are staying home, they don't want to be infected either.

I do have Chinese immigrant friends on social media and they are fearful of the coronavirus. When you see an Asian wearing a mask in town, it's because they are fearful of the virus, not because they have a virus. And they see masks all over Asia so they think that is the thing to do, they have not assimilated yet, that takes a generation.

61,200 died in 2018-19 from influenza but there are those who still don't make the effort to get the flu shot:

"In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died" Web Link


Posted by Helen
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm

"In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died"

Yes, but that flue death rate for the numbers youve given is 0.14% or a little over 1 person in 1000. there is a vaccine.

Corona death rate is currently over 1 in 50. And there is no vaccine.


The country is in the throes of an outbreak of a new form of coronavirus, which has thus far sickened nearly 10,000 people and killed more than 200, according to the CDC.


Web Link



Posted by Karen
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Fred that is scary. This is why self quarantining is a joke. It relies on the compliance of the individual and even if they genuinely want to comply, it requires proper training on the procedures for isolation from fellow household members who are still going to work, school, etc.


Posted by Questions
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2020 at 7:51 pm

I have the same questions as @Karen. In the rest of the US, there is mandatory/involuntary quarantine for anyone who has recently been in Wuhan because they *might* have come into contact with someone who had the virus. But in this article, we now have someone in Santa Clara county who actually has the virus, and they are only required to self quarantine. Something doesn't seem correct.


Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:01 am

China is also dealing with yet another virus - H5N1 in Hunan province.
They are culling chickens right now.
Although not common in people, it can be passed from infected birds to humans.
There was a case brought into Canada in Jan 2014 from a traveler from China.
The CDC reports it has a 60% fatality rate.

Web Link

SCMP
Web Link

With both viruses, things can change over time, as mutations occur.

Globalization with air travel has exacerbated the transmission of all these viruses.


Posted by DC
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:16 am

How else can these immigrants impact the quality of life in Palo Alto? All in the name of diversity, so real estate agents and builders can profit at the expense of US citizens.


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