We are in the midst of a medical crisis. The deadly coronavirus that originated in China has infected hundreds of people and is now spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.
Amongst the global panic, people have been trying to figure out exactly where the virus has come from and how to treat it effectively. And one thing at the heart of this outbreak is the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship - now dubbed the "coronavirus ship."
Those trapped in the quarantined ship have been taking to social media to show what it's really like onboard and it seems one couple managed to get wine delivered to their room. Keep scrolling to take a look...
Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesThe Chinese city with a population of over eleven million citizens is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.
It is known as the coronavirus outbreak...
via: Getty ImagesReuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."
The symptoms can be deadly.
via: Getty"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."
A lot of people have now died from the virus...
via: Getty ImagesIt has been confirmed by CNN that 1,107 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China.
It is notoriously difficult to cure...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this is because of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read... "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."
Things are only getting worse...
via: Getty ImagesThe virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.
And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.
via: Getty ImagesThere are currently sixteen active cases being monitored in Washington DC but, because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.
The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak...
via: Getty ImagesThe United Nation's health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.
Authorities in China have canceled Chinese New Year events because of the lockdown...
via: Getty ImagesAnd flights to and from the location have been reduced drastically in order to stop further infection.
And now, everyone is asking the same thing...
via: GettyWhat is it that's causing this deadly virus?
There are many theories...
Reports that two patients have been tested for #Coronavirus in Scotland. NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and… https://t.co/XFxOFEbLNv— Chris Green (@Chris Green)1579789802.0
Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...
via: GettyStrains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.
Chinese influencers have been heavily criticized for the consumption of bats...
via: Getty ImagesAnd many have been eating the bats whole without properly preparing or cooking them.
But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...
via: GettyAnd Chinese officials have warned that the strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.
Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...
via: Getty ImagesBut despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.
But there's one thing at the heart of the medical crisis...
via: Getty ImagesThe Diamond Princess Cruise ship which currently holds 2,500 quarantined passengers off the coast of Yokohoma, Japan.
The passengers have been held there for over a week now.
via: Getty ImagesAnd there have been 169 cases of coronavirus on the ship so far, at the time of writing. Although it's not easy to determine the exact number as officials don't have the resources to test everyone on board.
Twenty Americans are among those infected.
via: Getty ImagesAnd while the ship may be in quarantine, this virus could spread at an immensely fast rate given the fact that so many people are in the same space.
And at least 10 crew members have been infected.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to The New York Times: "the infected crew members identified on Sunday had been eating in the mess hall alongside their co-workers."
In fact, the ship has the most cases of the deadly virus outside of mainland China.
via: Getty ImagesAnd people have been taking to Twitter to reveal what it's really like onboard. Keep scrolling to take a look at a collection of tweets showing the terrifying reality.
25. For the first few days of quarantine, passengers were unable to leave their rooms.
Yes, we are on THAT quarantined ship. But we are keeping calm and positive. We are safe. We are together. We are re… https://t.co/iggsgHMR4l— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1580896987.0
24. On the second day of quarantine, passengers were given thermometers.
Distributed aboard #DiamondPrincess with instructions to take out own temperatures several times a day and report i… https://t.co/MvzNt7zChZ— Matthew Smith (@Matthew Smith)1581045274.0
23. Many people haven't seen another soul for days.
This is my cabin door on the #DiamondPrincess . No one has crossed the threshold, either way, since Sunday evenin… https://t.co/ekX9l18kVi— Matthew Smith (@Matthew Smith)1581131178.0
22. Although some people have found ways around life trapped in their rooms...
This is the only plea for help I have onboard #DiamondPrincess Sorry/Not sorry https://t.co/FTy6lmIEZH— Matthew Smith (@Matthew Smith)1581116363.0
21. Staff are trying their best.
Thank you #princesscruises The #awesome kids’ club team has been by again to see how my daughter is doing and drop… https://t.co/MQjPG4EEO3— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1581130982.0
20. Food is being delivered to the rooms.
Dinner tonight on #DiamondPrincess, enhanced courtesy of Google. (As my wife says, Google makes everything better.… https://t.co/shnCn8vdBN— Matthew Smith (@Matthew Smith)1581163398.0
Diamond Princess has announced that it will refund all fees paid by passengers. #DiamondPrincess #coronavirus… https://t.co/2Pmhp6L6cW— だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客) (@だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客))1581258371.0
18. Passengers have recently been allowed a short amount of time outside.
1時間だけ外に出れました。いやー寒い。 I was allowed to go outside for an hour. #ダイヤモンドプリンセス #DiamondPrincess #CoronavirusOutbreak… https://t.co/DaB7O642ap— だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客) (@だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客))1581295215.0
17. Although several families are still cooped up in their rooms.
Lazy day in bed for kids, while dad #worksremotely #quarantine #diamondprincesscruise https://t.co/3pkGhO9fNi— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1581303135.0
16. Quarantine didn't stop this family enjoying Sunday night's Oscars.
Day 6 #Quarantine - breakfast is served. So much food, and Yakult! The oscars are on our in room. It’s been many y… https://t.co/cM1OHRNEDS— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1581293261.0
15. That wasn't the only Oscar-related offering.
Congratulations to Brad Pitt. We actually have #Oscars2020 live on the #diamondprincesscruise. Here are my pics! https://t.co/wzBZLgoDH3— Kent Frasure (@Kent Frasure)1581297700.0
14. Passengers have been exercising in their rooms.
Today’s exercise moments. Planks, sit-ups and handstands. #diamondprincesscruise #quarantine #exercise https://t.co/YAZxJbfRJr— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1581251638.0
13. Japanese media can be seen around the ship.
#day7 #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #quarantined on #diamondprincess Japanese media tried to convince passenger… https://t.co/PtZZZwsARO— Yardley W (@Yardley W)1581403820.0
12. But as the sick count goes up...Staff have had to ramp things up a notch when it comes to sanitation. This breakfast came with a side of wet wipes.
11. Masks have been handed out.
We got these just now. Sh#t must be getting real. 60 more sick. God save the Princess. #diamondprincesscruise… https://t.co/eBJITK23J3— Shannon (@Shannon)1581315519.0
10. People have been trying to stay hydrated.
Do you think we have enough water? #diamondprincesscruise #quarantine #stayhydrated💦 https://t.co/eObB0x28oz https://t.co/luzSjgepNA— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1581338301.0
9. For many, waiting around is painful.
#day7 #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #quarantined on #diamondprincess worry about mom. She is not doing good. He… https://t.co/yxnHORqDDO— Yardley W (@Yardley W)1581385126.0
8. More and more infections are being reported on board...
#day7 a new friend on board informed me she got positive, her mom can’t follow her. I promised her to call her mom… https://t.co/GwylL0Ynw4— Yardley W (@Yardley W)1581429069.0
7. Thankfully, there are several medical professionals on board to help.
Captain announced that Japan health officials have provided 45 doctors, 55 nurses, and 45 pharmacists on board… https://t.co/aqwMI5NqFX— Matthew Smith (@Matthew Smith)1581405860.0
6. Ambulances are stationed port side.For many, this was their first look at the port since quarantine began.
4. The Diamond Princess staff are working hard to keep everyone comfortable.They are truly going above and beyond despite likely being terrified they'll catch the illness.
3. Many people are putting on a brave face.
Day 7 #quarantine update: still in high spirits. Yes, we have heard of the additional cases. No, we are not one of… https://t.co/1pumzGupvn— Aun Na Tan (@Aun Na Tan)1581397696.0
2. The alcohol supply is running low...
Alcohol is running low. We’ve (collectively) ransacked the inventory. This may be the last whiskey drink until I ge… https://t.co/27OJOUg861— Shannon (@Shannon)1581336683.0
1. Alcohol seems to be the one silver lining.
Totally forgot to take a photo of dinner. Was too excited for whiskey. Sick count up to 70, so let’s drink the nigh… https://t.co/M52lcu2w7J— Shannon (@Shannon)1581241014.0
But one couple have gone to even greater lengths to ensure they have a supply of alcohol.an and Dave Binskin from Queensland, Australia, are determined to not let coronavirus ruin their vacation.
The couple has been sharing regular updates from the ship online...And their latest snaps prove they are making the best out a bad situation... by ordering wine to be delivered to their room.
They seemed very pleased with themselves..."Naked Wine Club you're incredible just got the first drop. Thank god for drones, the Japanese Coast Guard did not know what the f*** was going on," they wrote.
They also shared this snap:
As of right now, quarantine is supposed to come to an end on Feb 19th.
via: Getty ImagesLet's hope that they can find a way to better treat and contain this illness. Want to know more about the coronavirus epidemic? Keep scrolling to see the shocking effects that treating coronavirus has had on medics' faces.