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    #1

    How's the virus condition there?

    Hi.

    I have a friend who's in another province of China. She might live in a small town though. I want to know the situation of the coronavirus in her small town. I asked her "How's the virus condition there?" I don't think this is natural. What would be the natural way to ask the question?

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    #2

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    I would use "situation" rather than "condition".

    She might be living...
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    #3

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    How about What's the situation like there regarding coronavirus?

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    #4

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    Silver: What's the virus condition there?
    Me: The virus is doing just fine.
    Silver: Wait! That's not what I meant.
    Me: Well, what did you mean?
    Silver: What's the situation there concerning the coronavirus?
    Me: So far so good.
    Silver: Meaning?
    Me: No reported cases here (North Carolina).
    Silver: Oh.
    Me: Of course, mild cases don't get reported. Also, it doesn't seem to be worse than the flu (not that the flu is good).
    Silver: OK.
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    #5

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Also, it doesn't seem to be worse than the flu (not that the flu is good).
    The UK's health secretary says the current best estimate is about a two percent death rate. That's twenty times higher than the typical rate for the flu.

    It's very early days, though, and as the linked article shows, the numbers vary considerably depending on age and general health. If the charts prove accurate, my risk would be somewhere around five percent. You recently mentioned your age; based on that alone, you also have a significant risk if you come down with this disease.

    I'm not terribly worried for myself, and panic isn't warranted, but this really is not a trivial matter.
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    #6

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    I know what they say, but they really don't know. They're just making guesses. And I didn't mean to suggest that it's a trivial matter.

    The mildest cases don't get reported. So they're only guessing at how many cases there are.

    It takes a while to develop a vaccine. (On a personal note, I got a shot for flu and also pneumonia.)
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    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    My wife works in this area and this is not simply a new flu. There's no cause for panic, but there is cause for realism. They are not mindlessly guessing.

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    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    We ran out of toilet paper for a few days in Japan because of this. It's not nice to see a highly developed society have no toilet paper.

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    #9

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    Silver, I have observed two things:

    1) You have not acknowledged any of the above replies;

    2) When you posted this thread you had already received four good replies to the same question here, without giving us a link to them.

    You must be aware that we take a dim view of this.

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    #10

    Re: How's the virus condition there?

    Hi Rover.

    I did read this thread but I didn't log in at that time. I needed to use a VPN. Now I have one. It will be much slower to log in here if I don't have a VPN. Most of the time I can read only but not comment or give a like or thank.

    I don't want to learn from non-native speakers. And as you can see the time I posted the question on WR, it was much later than I did it here. I didn't give you the link here because I forgot to do so. If I deliberately don't want to let you know what I have done on WR, I would not let anyone to see my posts there. I know you've been watching and reading my threads here and there, and I am willing and happy to let you see it simply because I want you to know what I'm doing.

    I will definitely post a link here if I ask another same question on WR, whenever I post them. I hope you can understand that I want to learn from native speakers, is that against the rule? If so, please let me know and I'll be very careful posting questions here.
    Last edited by Silverobama; 07-Mar-2020 at 05:17. Reason: correct typo

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