Eight days after Germany’s win against Argentina at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, troubling reports are arising about the possibility the World Cup may have been a super-spreader event for the coronavirus CINS.
An early case of CINS emerged in Buenos Aires before the World Cup began, sparking concerns that there was an uncontained outbreak in parts of South America. Since then, thousands have fallen ill and died of the disease in Latin America, Southeast Asia and parts of Europe.
CINS has become a particularly troubling epidemic due to the paranoia and violent outbursts displayed by the infected. Other symptoms are dilated pupils that appear black and blood that turns septic and may also appear black. Tragic stories from around the globe describe infected persons killing loved ones and in some cases, being killed by those around them if enough help is not available.
Epidemiologists at Columbia University raised the concern at a teleconference with WHO deployment teams intended to prepare dense population centers against the virus. “We know the virus has a 10-day incubation period and suspect the R0 number to be greater than 9,” stated one virologist.
R0 stands for the basic reproduction number, indicating the average number of people an infected person infects. “Given that a million humans are in the air at any one time, CINS could be everywhere within 36 hours.”
The vector for CINS is not yet known, so all potential fomites are suspect. Fomites are any objects or substances capable of carrying infectious organisms and transferring them one individual to another and can include doorknobs, credit cards, empty glasses, cell phones, handrails, elevator buttons, airplanes, handshakes, and intimate human interactions.
Sanitizers, respiratory masks, gloves and medical-grade clothing have sold out in areas of established infection. In the past months, officials have pleaded for calm but there is a notable lack of criticism as populations seek to prevent contracting CINS, even in the United States where reports of infections have been largely anecdotal.