In the last two decades, the planet has been assailed by coronaviruses.
I was reading the news on my phone.
That lead me to write this.
It appears that violence and harassment are increasing as the COVID-19 pandemic deepens.
The violence against immigrants is particularly distressing.
Bigotry and fear are no excuse for behaving like jackasses — and worse.
If you want to know why read this.
Many of you have heard of SARS, a viral infection before COVID-19 which we are suffering through right now.
The SARS pandemic ran from 2002 to 2004.
The outbreak originated in Foshan, China and infected over 8,000 people and caused 774 deaths worldwide.
SARS by country. Image Wikipedia
Images from Wikipedia
Image of the Probable cases of SARS in 2002 & 2003. Wikipedia[/caption]
Images of SARS-CoV0–2 and Human Cells Wikipedia
Since SARS there has been MERS.
It too was a coronavirus.
Mortality was about one-third of diagnosed cases.
Camels have been shown to have antibodies but there is no scientific proof of how they got infected or how it spread to humans.
It’s spread outside of a hospital is rare.
But imagine a 1/3 death rate!
MERS one-third morbidity rate!
Image MERS outbreak 2013 -2020 Wikipedia
By the numbers: Information from WHO with links in blue Image World Health Organization
Why are they called coronaviruses?
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IMAGE OF COVID-19 on Unsplash by Viktor Forgacs Note the red “crowns”[/caption]
SARS was mainly in the East and MERS in Saudi Arabia and the East.
The most recent pandemic to affect the United States was the H1N1 “swine flu”. In 2009 it afflicted over 60 million people in the United States.
The COVID-19 is not in that category.
Swine flu hit younger people hard. I remember standing in line with my sons waiting to get the vaccination shot.
Here we are
Another coronavirus. Where do they come from?
H1N1 Swine Flu statistics Chart: CDC
This is a pangolin
These are pangolins rescued from poachers. They are a luxury ingredient in Chinese and Philippine medicinal potions.
Later the number was rechecked and it dropped to 90.3%.
Scientists will have to search for the culprit.
Thanks for stopping.