In relation to the bird flu, the Coronavirus is starting to have similar consequences on an unknown scale. There have been many epidemics before in history such as Influenza, SARS, Swine Flu and Ebola. Most of the deadliest ones seem to happen way further back in history.
Medicine and sanitation were not even a thing to consider to secure the susceptible population, especially from the epidemics before the 20th century.
From the plague to the Coronavirus, all casualties have been decreasing due to the habits of sanitation, medicine, and non-malnourishment to the population.
The good news is that the probability of catching the deadly version of the Coronavirus is less than one percent. According to worldmeters.info, the death toll is just 305 as of Feb 2.
It would roughly take an additional 78,999,695 people to represent 1/10th of the population. Wuhan’s population is to around 8,400,000 and there are only three confirmed cases of the virus present in the United States, according to worldpopulationreview.com
Therefore, most of the population that would be sick would have to physically be in China or at least on the east side. There is a small level of concern about the spread of the virus. The virus can have an infectious level as the common cold. Due to the infectious level, there is a precautionary fear that the virus might accelerate in its manifestation.
So, two things are going to happen regarding the Coronavirus. One is that the Coronavirus will be so insignificant that the media will focus on a more important future issue. Or, the epidemic will accelerate to a higher level where the demands for a vaccine will be at the same importance as national security.
“When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states, and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans – an avian flu pandemic,” said Barack Obama, former United States President.
Outcome #2 will likely not happen more than outcome #1. However, it is worth to note that the People’s Republic of China has a history of willful extermination. There are many genocidal acts in the name of progress in China. For example, The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution killed 20,000,000 people.
China is also rightfully concerned about its own population, whether it is for the rich or the poor. China needs its workers and capital. If china’s communist economic agenda is under threat either by a living or nonliving entity, the Chinese will do anything in its power to extinguish that threat.
To prevent the virus from spreading on a personal level, The CDC recommends:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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