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As the world continues to fight the coronavirus, scientists have identified a new flu strain that could create another pandemic — and it comes from China.

The virus is the latest development of the swine flu, which last hit the U.S. in 2009. The new virus has been named G4 EA H1N1, is currently carried and passed by pigs, and can also infect humans, the BBC reported Tuesday.

However, it is believed the virus cannot currently be passed from human to human.

Commuters wear face masks to prevent the infection by the swine flu virus in while travelling aboard Mexico City’s subway. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images)

If the strain successfully mutates into a virus that can be passed by humans to other humans, the likelihood of a pandemic that can reach global proportions is significantly increased.

Researchers recommend in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that all those working with pigs should be closely monitored to check the potential spread of the new virus. (RELATED: Trump Snaps Over Obama Criticism, Says Swine Flu Response Was A ‘Disaster’)

While the new strain of swine flu poses no immediate threat, the rapid spread of coronavirus has illustrated how quickly an isolated viral outbreak can become a world crisis.

It is unknown if people would possess any immunity to a new flu strain, the BBC notes, adding that although existing flu vaccines are seemingly powerless to stop it, scientists may be able to adapt them to the new disease.

“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses,” Prof Kin-Chow Chang of the United Kingdom’s Nottingham University told the BBC. “We should not ignore it.”

China reportedly ignored the ongoing coronavirus outbreak initially and suppressed people trying to sound the alarm. A recent study indicated that the disease may have struck the country in late summer or early fall 2019 — months before the Chinese Communist Party’s admission of a problem.

China did not formally identify the COVID-19 virus to the World Health Organization (WHO) until Dec. 31, 2019, while U.S. intelligence said China grossly under-reported the amount of deaths incurred by the disease early in the crisis.

The South China Morning Post found evidence of a COVID-19 case as early as Nov. 17, 2019.

A woman wearing protective gear adjusts her glasses in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of China’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China’s record for transparency on the beginnings and spread of the virus has been severely criticized. Authorities gagged doctors, whistleblowers and journalists who attempted to break the news about the sickness. (RELATED: Peter Navarro Says China Used ‘The Four Kills’ To Attack America Through The Coronavirus Pandemic)

If China had acted swiftly to contain the disease, it may have reduced the global transmission of the virus by as much as 95%, one study concluded.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has recently surged, with many Americans once again fearing infection as the number of cases rapidly rises in several states.

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NBA, union approve list of social justice messages for jerseys during restarted 2020 season: report

The NBA and the players union reportedly agreed to a list of social justice messages the athletes can wear on their jerseys during the league’s restart in Florida later this month.

The Undefeated reported Friday the list of names include: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can't Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.


NBA fans noticed that some of the phrases missing from the list include anything anti-China, for example, “Free Hong Kong,” or anything to do with All Lives Matter, which is viewed by some as a phrase that downplays the Black Lives Matter movement.

The messages, if used, will be displayed above the player's number for the first four nights of the season, a source told The Undefeated. If players choose to continue the message, it will go below the number.


The NBA is reportedly planning some sort of social justice message when it returns later this month at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

One idea for the NBA to raise awareness was having players put images of victims of police brutality on the back of their jerseys. But the idea was reportedly nixed after concerns about leaving some victims out and offending families.


The NBA has not officially announced any plans.

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