Usually, there is no real cause for alarm when it comes to the spread of new, life-threatening diseases. Most of the time, these viruses or bacteria spring up and are taken care of quickly by containing people in the area where they have broken out, and it begins to die down. With today’s medical technology and knowledge, we are much more capable of preventing the widespread diseases that used to plague mankind.
Knowing that these diseases exist is important. It’s important to know where they are, the symptoms and how they spread, so that we can avoid them and properly treat them as quickly as possible. Another reason we should stay informed, is so we don’t unnecessarily panic when we do hear about them.
In 2012, Saudi Arabia and other countries saw an outbreak of a disease doctors have called the new “coronavirus”, which is an illness that closely resembles the SARS outbreak from 2003. “SARS” is an acronym that stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
You probably remember the SARS outbreak of 2002 and 2003, which originated in the Guangdong Province of Southern China. SARS closely resembles the common influenza virus in its symptoms, but it is deadly to people of all ages, with or without existing health conditions. Like the flu, it can easily lead to pneumonia. The SARS outbreak was one of the worst widespread diseases of the modern age, killing 774 out of the 8,098 people who were diagnosed, and it was reported from 37 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) believed the reason this disease spread the way it did, was because it wasn’t immediately reported by the Chinese government, which tried to takes its own measures to contain it. The first case of SARS was in November of 2002, but the WHO wasn’t notified until February of 2003. During these four months, the sickness was able to spread to 36 other countries. Cases were reported in Toronto Canada, with 4 in the United Kingdom and 8 confirmed in the United States.
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