Talk:Study: people infected by new coronavirus 'likely' hundreds more than confirmed

Latest comment: 4 years ago by Pi zero in topic Possible categories

Intriguing unusual event


I note, for those of us interested in writing about science on Wikinews, that the research team did something unusual: They posted their findings publicly, very publicly, before official publication. Scientists almost never do this because journals want to be the first ones to report new findings, and they want individuals and libraries and universities to buy subscriptions. The scientists in this case almost certainly published their findings because the situation is both dangerous and time-sensitive. There is precedent for their actions and they are unlikely to see censure for it. Darkfrog24 (talk) 00:31, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Indeed. Dealing with nasty contagions tends to expedite things. Our last article on Ebola ("Scientists report two life-saving treatments for Ebola" — Wikinews, August 15, 2019) noted they were allowing the promising experimental treatments to be administered to patients while testing continued. --Pi zero (talk) 01:51, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

New development


Today, above 200 cases were reported. The virus spread to major cities in China, as people prepare for a festival, and to South Korea. --Don't call 911 (talk) 16:25, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

@WhaatTF: Do you want to update this article? If so, say the word and I'll suspend review; otherwise I mean to press forward to try to get this reviewed before it loses freshness. --Pi zero (talk) 16:29, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
That'd be better. Updating would make the study look more relevant. --Don't call 911 (talk) 16:32, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
@WhaatTF: Okay, I've taken it out from {{under review}}. --Pi zero (talk) 16:33, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
Done. I didn't put this time exact number to stay on safe. --Don't call 911 (talk) 17:06, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Possible categories

  • Imperial College London.
  • Coronavirus. Doesn't appear in our archives under that name, afaics, but SARS is caused by a coronavirus and we may (double-check this) have a number of articles on that.

--Pi zero (talk) 16:26, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Indeed, this virus comes from the same family as SARS, with 70% identical genetic combinations, according to WP. --Don't call 911 (talk) 16:34, 20 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
Well, I did Imperial College London. Unfortunately, on really close examination there weren't any articles in our archives about SARS, leaving this as our only published coronavirus article; not enough to support creating a category. --Pi zero (talk) 00:17, 21 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

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