Why is everybody so worried about the new Chinese coronavirus, COVID-19, if SARS was more virulent?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 04, 2020 11:16 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 04, 2020 11:16 AM

Have you ever had the flu? Unless you stick to a very disciplined regimen of vaccinations you probably have the flu or one of the many flu-like diseases every 2-3 years, or even yearly. That’s to be afraid in a flu?

In 1918 a new flu made its way through the world. It was called “the Spanish flu” because newspaper were not free to report about it except when referring to neutral Spain, although it probably came from elsewhere. What’s to be scared in a flu? Well, the virus (an H1N1 influenza flu) was quite new, and the whole world had been at war for years, so people were malnourished and weakened. This resulted in over 40–50 millio deaths (and possibily up to over 100 million) worldwide.

But the disruption was even worse. You see, most of those who caught the Spanish flu did indeed get better. Actually, quite a lot of peple caught it in a quite beningn way and got back to health in a matter of a few days or weeks. Many others had to be hospitalized and had to stay in an hospital for weeks. This created a really major disruption of life everywhere in the world. Whether you got well or not, it meant that for weeks people were unable to work, which caused major problems in terms of economy.

This wasn’t the only flu pandemic around the world, in 1967 came che Asian flu, 11 years later it was the turn of the Hong Kong, both of which produced less deaths and disruption. But the panish Flu was important because the type of virus that caused it had not appeared in a very, very long time. The older people would not usually have a hard time with it because they had been exposed to H1N1 flu viruses in the past, but adults and children were highly at risk.

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