A second presumptive case of the new coronavirus was just announced in Vancouver on Tuesday, February 4. Tests run in B.C. have suggested that the patient's illness is the coronavirus, and samples are being sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnepeg for confirmation. Doctors are expecting test results for the second coronavirus case in Vancouver to return positive.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, chief medical officer of B.C., announced the case in a press conference on Tuesday, February 4.
She says the patient is a woman in her 50s, who recently came into contact with her family. They were visiting from Wuhan, the city where the virus originated.
She and her family are currently at home in the Vancouver area. Vancouver Coastal Health is testing the family members for signs of the coronavirus, said Henry.
"VCH is doing the investigation today to trace back their movements and to see if they've had contact with anyone else," stated Henry, per Richmond News.
The woman visited a local hospital for an examination after feeling ill a few days ago. She then hurried home to isolate herself, reported Richmond News.
Her test results returned last night, according to Henry. They were positive.
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The woman's family "left Wuhan before the travel restrictions were in place but they were also very conscious of the outbreak and were minimizing their contact with people outside the home," stated Henry, according to Global News.
Henry also said the woman is currently doing well at home.
A confirmation by the Winnipeg lab would bring the total confirmed novel coronavirus case count in B.C. up to two. The first case was confirmed in late January, also in the Vancouver area.
This new case's confirmation would bring the total number of coronavirus patients in Canada up to five.
23,874 novel coronavirus cases have been reported globally, causing 492 deaths in total. The mortality rate is estimated to be between 2-4%. While scientists are working on a vaccine, it'll probably be a year until it sees public use.
Face masks have sold out across Vancouver and across the country, although they might not protect you from the virus since smaller particles within the virus can still pass through.
However, the masks may help to prevent us from touching our faces, thus reducing the spread of germs. From what we know, the coronavirus is mainly transmitted via close contact under six feet, through coughs or sneezes, producing respiratory droplets.