The coronavirus is still spreading at an alarming rate.
Health officials on multiple continents are scrambling for answers.
And one Harvard professor gave some horrifying news about the coronavirus.
The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, China has now become a pandemic, spreading to multiple countries.
The most recent estimates have the number of confirmed cases at 80,429 and the number of deaths at 2,712.
COVID-19 first arose in China in November, causing quarantines and government crackdowns across the country.
But in part due to poor management by the communist government of China, the COVID-19 was able to break quarantine and make its way to other countries.
Italy is currently experiencing 300 cases and rising.
And a researcher at Harvard believes the pandemic will get much, much worse.
According to Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiology professor at Harvard, 40-70% of the globe could be infected by COVID-19.
Lipsitch said COVID-19 “will ultimately not be containable.”
COVID-19 has been compared to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 774 people in Asia in 2003.
However, SARS only infected roughly 8,000 people.
COVID-19 thus far has a mortality rate of about 1-3% compared to approximately 10% for SARS, but it’s spreading at a much faster rate.
COVID-19 has already surpassed the number of SARS cases during the early aughts scare by tenfold.
If half the globe were infected, like Lipsitch suggests could happen, that could mean tens of millions of deaths worldwide.
Lipsitch slightly allayed fears by saying, “many will have mild disease, or may be asymptomatic,” but that isn’t terribly comforting considering the speed at which it’s traveling.
COVID-19 is also having ripple effects in the economy, bringing pain in unexpected ways.
The Chinese market has already tanked, and supply chain will hurt companies in other countries, hurting the global economy.
Much about COVID-19 is unknown because of how cagey Chinese officials have been about the origins of the virus.
They first said it spread via bat soup at a seafood market in Wuhan.
Meanwhile, Chinese officials and western publications doing their bidding immediately shot down any speculation that the outbreak was caused by anything other than a seafood market.
Never mind China’s lone level-four biohazard laboratory is right across the street from the seafood market in question.
More researchers are now coming out and saying that the bat soup story is likely nonsense.
COVID-19 probably originated in the lab, and was released either intentionally or unintentionally.
Instead of working with world health officials to combat the problem, the Chinese government has been reluctant to share information.
They likely know more than they’re letting on.
That’s why they censored the doctor who originally alerted the general public to the coronavirus; he later died at the hands of the pandemic.
The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is only 53, but that number could rise quickly.