CoronaVirus Poland News

steve 30 January, 2020 0

First suspected cases of coronavirus in Poland yet to be confirmed

A number of suspected cases of the coronavirus that originated in China have been flagged across Poland since the infection reared its head in Europe on Friday.

In what could be the first instance of the deadly virus in Poland, on Monday afternoon a patient, described as a tourist from Asia, was hospitalised in the northern Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship, according to TVP3 Bydgoszcz, a local public broadcaster.

“One person is currently in hospital as a precaution. However, in my opinion it is not the coronavirus,” said Jerzy Kasprzak, the local chief sanitary inspector on Tuesday morning.

In another case, which turned out to be a false alarm, two Polish children who had flown to Poland on a flight that connected through Beijing were hospitalised on Monday in Kraków amid suspicions of a coronavirus infection.

“They had symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. But neither their medical history nor the course of the disease confirm that we are dealing with the deadly coronavirus from China,” Jerzy Friediger, director of the Stefan Żeromski Specialist Hospital, confirmed to Gazeta Wyborcza.

In an earlier case on Saturday, a group of students from the southeastern city of Rzeszów travelling back through Warsaw from Wuhan, the viral epicentre in China, were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Poland’s Chief Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS) is working with the border control and airport officials to monitor arriving passengers and run health checks on those returning from Asia.

The coronavirus, which broke out in Wuhan in December, has now spread through Asia and to the United States, reaching France and most recently Germany on Monday, sparking cross-border worries in Poland. Its initial symptoms are similar to those of the common flu, including a dry cough, fever and difficulty breathing.

Poland joins global fight against coronavirus

Poland is not indifferent to the global threat of the coronavirus and with the growing number of cases worldwide scientists at the Jagiellonian University (UJ) of Kraków join the international struggle against the new all-human challenge.

“Teams worldwide, and also at the UJ, initiate research that will allow the understanding of the coronavirus and create an efficient medicine in the future,” virologist Krzysztof Pyrć told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“The pace of research… is impressive. Only a couple of weeks have passed since the first infections and we already know how the virus is constructed and how its genome looks like, we also have an initial classification of the disease,” the scientist said.

Mr Pyrć is of the opinion that the progress of work and the response of physicians and decision-makers are incomparably better than in the case of SARS in 2002. The scientist also said that laboratories worldwide have already initiated research to design an efficient medicine and vaccine against the virus.

“We are working on it also in the Małopolskie Biotechnology Centre at the UJ,” said Mr Pyrć.

When asked whether other medicine, such as anti-virus drugs administered to HIV-infected patients, could prove effective, Mr Pyrć confirmed that using such remedies had been underway. Nevertheless, the scientist stressed that even if a drug turns out efficient in a laboratory environment, it does not prove its efficiency at patient treatment.

Regarding the quarantine of the 11-mln-civilian city of Wuhan, Mr Pyrć said that it “is the best possible solution for the time being and one that may bring to a halt or slow down the spreading of the epidemic.” However, it is doubtful whether this would stop the virus.

Firstly, the virus has already spread to other parts of the globe, including Europe and the US. Secondly, the quarantine itself may not prove entirely effective as many people may take their chances on escaping the city. Thirdly, according to the scientist, it remains unknown from what animal does the virus expand to humans. For this reason, it may continue to spread outside of the closed contamination zone.

According to the latest report by Poland’s Embassy in China, there are 27 Polish citizens in Wuhan and its vicinity. There is no data on any of them having contracted coronavirus.

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fake news probably… some dude from Poland cameback from Asia and felt really bad to the point hospital was in need, next day in news: “CORONAVIRUS IN POLAND” and gossip begin around people… apparently Krakow is not safe now lol

u know what’s funny? there are apparently like 4 suspected cases of coronavirus in poland BUTTHEU HAVE NO RESOURCES TO CHEVK AND CONFIRN 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 i shouldnt be laughing

What can be done, and what should be done, to protect Poland from the risk of coronavirus infected people flying from China to Poland today? What would you do if you were president?

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