JANUARY 24TH UPDATE FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE
The January 24, 2020, news update from the Health Emergency Response Office on the Chinese government website reported hundreds of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus nationwide and 25 deaths in Hubei Province and Hebei Province – an additional eight deaths compared to the January 23rd update, which detailed the anonymized medical histories of these initial 17 deaths. The majority were of advanced age (15 of the 17 over age 60), male (13 of 17), and suffered from such underlying conditions as liver cirrhosis, hypertension, cerebral infarction, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic renal insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease, and bronchitis. Most but not all presented with fever. Other symptoms at admission:
Novel coronavirus was confirmed through positive nucleic acid testing and monitored by electrocardiogram, lung CT, and blood-gas analysis. Therapies included oxygen, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, endotracheal intubation (refused in some cases), anti-infectives, antibiotics, antipyretics, analgesics, and sedatives, supplemental fluids, and symptomatic therapies.
Outcomes were intensifying respiratory failure, continuous declines in terminal oxygen saturation, reduced blood pressure, and ultimately death.
Seven hospitals in Wuhan are offering intake for patients with high fever in order to identify new cases.
Kerilyn Sappington is the founder of Integrative Translations, which specializes in Chinese-to-English medical translation of conventional and complementary medicine.