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German Big Brother's contestants have not been told about coronavirus pandemic
The contestants on Germany’s Big Brother have not been told of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
Contestants on the reality TV show don’t have a clue how many people around the world have the COVID-19 virus now or, anything about the steps governments are taking.
According to German broadcaster Sat.1, the group have not received any updates since entering the house on 6 February.
The station claims the housemates will most likely only be aware of the cases diagnosed in Wuhan and other isolated cases globally from before entering the house, and they tested negative upon arrival.
Defending their decision not to tell the contestants, the station claims they will be informed if it’s necessary.
Contestants of the show are usually always kept in the dark about general news and world updates with a few exceptions.
‘Of course, the residents will be informed if there is reason to do so,’ the station told German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung.
‘Which information is given to the residents from outside is also decided in exchange with the relatives.’
Meanwhile, others who joined the show later on were told not to reveal any information.
On the other side of the world in Canada, Big Brother contestants are also being kept in the dark about the virus.
In a clip that has been shared on YouTube, contestants in the house can be heard discussing why there was no audience to cheer out the first person who has been evicted.
Their confusion towards the empty audience suggests they have no idea what’s happening in the outside world.
In Germany at the time of writing, there are almost 5,800 coronavirus cases with 13 deaths.
In Italy, there are over 20,000 active cases of the virus while the UK is quickly catching up with over 1,335 cases.
What is the coronavirus and where did it start?
Coronaviruses are a family of diseases which include the common cold and the virus which caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which originated in China in 2002 and killed nearly 800 people around the world.
The virus causing concern now is a new strain which has made the jump from animals to people, named Covid-19.
It causes fever and a cough and can make it hard for people to breathe, causing viral pneumonia in severe cases.
Over 2,700 people worldwide have now died after contracting the illness.
How does it affect the lungs?
What are the symptoms of the virus?
The virus is more likely to progress into a severe illness or prove fatal among older patients or those with weakened immune systems.
As it is a viral illness, antibiotics will not help and there is no known cure or vaccine.
To avoid the illness, take usual hygiene precautions, such as using a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and making sure to wash your hands.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching things like poles on public transport and avoid close contact with people suffering an acute respiratory infection.
You should also avoid unprotected contact with wild or farm animals.
So far, 13 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.
Hundreds have been tested for it here, with most of the tests coming back negative.
How many people in the UK have it?
Is Coronavirus in the UK?
Where is Wuhan in China, where coronavirus started?
The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China, where it is believed to have made the jump from animals to people at a seafood market.
Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province, a landlocked province in central China.
It is built along the Yangtze river, and is around 500 miles west of Shanghai and 690 miles north of Hong Kong.
It is the largest and most populous city in central China, although estimates over its population vary.