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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. (WHO.int)
Honestly, this is one of the deadliest viruses to hit the world after the Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The Ebola outbreak, if you remember, ran rapidly from 2014-2016 in Western Africa, and still continues to affect people in this region today.
Before Ebola, there was the SARS scare of the late 90s
I also recall in the mid-90s while serving in the Army in South Korea, we were briefed upon arrival of the “Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), sometimes known as the Korean hemorrhagic fever, a viral infection acquired from rodents” (CDC.gov, 1998).
Rumors used to surface that if you caught the HFRS virus, you would be quarantined to some remote island to live out the rest of your life, as there was no known cure for the disease. Perhaps that's where they hid Jimmy Hoffa!
The coronavirus is spread from one person to the other via contact or contact with animals and such.
So far, the coronavirus has hit more than 28 countries but surprisingly, none in Africa. The virus has claimed more than 800 lives and new cases of the virus emerge every day.
Okay. Normally I'd ramble for a while before giving you my opinion. That is definitely not the case for this post.
Let's just get right down to what I think!
With the way this virus is spreading, unless China and other countries where the virus has been reported can find containment measures or a cure, this might be the virus that ends the world.
That is, however, my opinion but researchers have their way of condoling the victims both the affected and the infected.
According to different sources, the true source of the virus is from a lab. China is said to have been developing a biological weapon and the experiment has failed (or is being tested and is working as planned) but all these are rumors, not facts.
Others say it emerged from China’s eating habits.
WARNING: The following video may show violent or graphic content.
Viewer Discretion is Advised.
Do you think eating live animals may have something to do with this? Honestly, I don't think our bodies were made to deal with stuff like that.
I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog, but eating uncooked food seems to be unhealthy and it is a “recipe” for disaster.
Still, they say it is none of the foods seen in the above video that started the virus. It is said that the feasting on rabid bats is actually what gave birth to the coronavirus.
But does that really make any sense?
According to how the virus is said to be spread (contact with people and animals), many people who came into contact with bats would have spread the virus years ago. Right?
Anyway, that is their concern and not mine… except I will be headed to that region in about a week.
Damn you, China!
Back to the concerns of…
Is the Coronavirus the End of the World.
The spread of the virus has not yet been contained. The virus has not been contained, meaning, the threat to the world is real.
Did you know: Birds fly for more than 7000 kilometers.
A recent case of the bird that flew from Finland to Kenya is more than enough fact.
This means, if birds can spread the coronavirus, the scare is real and could easily go to the ends of the world.
(That is like my horror scene yell – in case you didn't realize that)
Coronavirus is no longer a scare but a real threat and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a health crisis all over the world.
Every country has to ground flights going to China and coming out of China. Let everyone stay away from China and other countries where the virus has spread to. Hell, put everyone on that island out in the pacific, if it truly exists.
And by no means am I unempathetic of the people who have contracted this virus. It's a real concern and all efforts should be exhausted to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Which includes, keeping the rest of the world from getting it.
The WHO has to come up with better tactics to tackle the virus itself to avoid more deaths. As we speak, the coronavirus is a death sentence and every country in the world should be scared and on high alert.