COVID-19 Past and Future—History repeats

ADNAN ARSHAD

The world is under the chaos of a pandemic that is unfolding as one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21″ century. The new disease emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and was initially associated with a local fish and live animal market.’ This new coronavirus was a spillover event, and it not only selectively kills the older people and the ones with underlying chronic conditions but is also capable of efficient person-to-person transmission. Respiratory features which predominate in infected persons arc pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. These symptoms resemble those of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus of 2002-2003, which, leads the scientists to believe that a virus of zoonotic origins is responsible. On December 31, 2019, the Chinese health ministry informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of the outbreak, putting the organization on emergency alert. Read More…

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