The coronavirus has captured the attention of the world’s media after some 830 cases of the new virus have been confirmed with 26 people dying, according to the National Health Commission.
It’s a genuinely worrying, global development, with China shutting down at least 13 cities encompassing 41 million people in an attempt to contain and prevent the deadly virus from spreading.
Although most cases are in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, there have been multiple confirmed reports of it around the world, with fourteen people being tested for the virus in the UK (five have been confirmed negative while nine are still awaiting results, Public Health England (PHE) said on Thursday night).
It’s easy to panic under such alarming circumstances, which is exactly what one set of parents seemed to have done after they allegedly abandoned their child at an airport in China amid the chaos of the outbreak.
A Weibo user (Not shy) wrote that they saw child left alone at Nanjing Lukou International Airport after being denied boarding over an apparent fever.
Although the boy’s father remained adamant that his son wasn’t ill, staff still refused him access, which lead to arguments at the boarding gate which subsequently caused huge delays.
Eventually, the Weibo user writes, the parents just got on the plane, leaving the little boy and his sibling alone at the airport for staff to look after them in their parent’s absence.
The World Health Organisation explains:
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
If some experts are to be believed then it’s a fruit bat soup which happens to be a well-known Chinese delicacy.
Footage of people eating the potentially lethal soup have emerged on social media this week.
In one clip, a girl can be seen putting a black bat into her mouth with a pair of chopsticks as she sits down for dinner with friends.
In a statement, scientists said: “The Wuhan coronavirus’ natural host could be bats… but between bats and humans they may be an unknown intermediate”.
Whatever the cause, there’s no excuse for downright appalling parenting.
It’s understandable that there’s mass hysteria over the outbreak, but I don’t think it’s quite the time to start abandoning all reason.
Or kids, for that matter.
Images via Weibo/Twitter
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