First Palestinian Arab Contracts Corona Virus


A Palestinian Arab student, Muhammad Abu Namus, who is currently in school for his doctorate in the Wuhan province in China, has contracted the COVID-19 Coronavirus. According to Namus who gave an interview to Ma’an news agency, the virus feels “similar to the flu but the symptoms are a lot worse.”

In a different interview with Sky News that was held in Arabic Namus said: “The symptoms are harsh and painful, and the patient feels like his lungs are bursting out of his body.”

Namus added that the local doctors have said that COVID-19 completely destroys the lungs. Abu Namus is currently being treated at a hospital in Wuhan. He is receiving antivirals, medications to strengthen his immune system, and vitamins. The patients are examined each day, and once every three days patients undergo a chest x-ray.

According to current statistics, since the beginning of December 2019, over 75,775 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, and 2,130 people have died.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Note: HE IS IN CHINA. Unless he plans to rush home (as if he could find an airline serving China), coughing along the way and breathing heavily in the airport at Lod (not going to happen), this is NOT newsworthy. A Palestinian (or anyone else) in Eretz Yisrael with the COVID-19 virus would be newsworthy.