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Coronavirus pandemic ‘fits the disease X category’

by LLB Reporter
22nd Feb 20 2:36 pm

In February 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a placeholder adopted name for any new unknown pathogen that could cause disease and a potential epidemic in the future.

The WHO called this “disease X” and was added to the list of blueprint priority diseases as a “known unknown” in 2018.

Coronavirus now officially called Covid-19 has already morphed from a mild to a deadly virus and is fast becoming a possible contender for “disease X.”

In just over two months, coronavirus has infected almost 80,000 people with more than 2,300 dead, mainly in mainland China, and has now reached more than 24 countries around the world.

Marion Koopmans, head of viroscience at Erasmus University and a member of the WHO’s emergency committee, recently said, “Whether it will be contained or not, this [coronavirus] outbreak is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the disease X category.”

The WHO warned the window of opportunity to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak was “narrowing.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the head of the WHO said, “Although the total number of cases outside China remains relatively small, we are concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to China or contact with a confirmed case.”

In a paper for the American Medical Association doctors wrote, “Unlike SARS, Covid-19 infection has a broader spectrum of severity ranging from asymptomatic to mildly symptomatic to severe illness that requires mechanical ventilation.

“Clinical progression of the illness appears similar to SARS: patients developed pneumonia around the end of the first week to the beginning of the second week of illness.”

SARS was more deadly than coronavirus with a fatality rate of 9.5% but, coronavirus is feared to be more contagious than SARS.

On Saturday coronavirus cases doubled in South Korea, as there were 229 new cases bringing the “known” total to 433.

The outbreak in South Korea has entered a “serious new phase” said, vice health minister Kim Gang-lip.

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