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One Scary Threat Might’ve Just Turned Into a Global Pandemic

One Scary Threat Might’ve Just Turned Into a Global Pandemic

Viruses can spread quickly and do serious damage.

A fast-acting virus must be handled with the utmost seriousness.

And now one scary threat might’ve just turned into a global pandemic.

The coronavirus that’s spreading across China might’ve just reached pandemic status.

The coronavirus can lead to serious illnesses such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which ravaged several countries across Asia in the early aughts.

There have already been over 800 confirmed cases and 25 deaths.

The coronavirus first struck in Wuhan, China, but has since spread across the country.

The Chinese government has quarantined at least 12 cities and 35 million people.

And according to Raymond James healthcare policy analyst Chris Meekins, the China crisis could be much worse than reported.

Meekins told Yahoo Finance, “Based on conversations I’ve had with individuals both in the U.S. government and more importantly [in China] is that the number that have been reported out of China on this disease are really a fraction of the number of people who have probably had the disease.”

China’s communist government is no stranger to lies and propaganda.

People in the country are barred from learning about the atrocities that took place under Mao Zedong, and references to the deadly student protest in Tiananmen Square in 1989 have essentially been scrubbed.

So it wouldn’t be a leap for China to downplay the danger their country is facing.

Meekins continued, “If China’s been reporting about 800 [infections] with 25 deaths, we think the number is probably 10 times that number in China right now because you had a number of misdiagnoses.”

That means the death toll could already be in the hundreds with the threat level rising.

The coronavirus can also be spread by carriers who are asymptomatic, so they can transmit the illness without even knowing it.

The coronavirus is also spreading to other countries.

The United States has already experienced five confirmed cases of the illness, and according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), as many as 110 cases are currently under investigation across 26 states.

The CDC also says the virus seems to have mutated, and the number of cases “will only increase.”

In light of the growing threat, the CDC raised its alert status to level 3, which is the most significant.

They also strongly advise against all nonessential travel to China at the moment.

Symptoms of the coronavirus mirror the flu, and it often has a similar prognosis as a flu infection.

But as mentioned earlier, the coronavirus can lead to more serious illnesses such as SARS, which has a 10% mortality rate.

Now is the time to be vigilant about people exhibiting flu-like symptoms, especially if they’ve been traveling abroad.

But since carriers can be asymptomatic, hunkering down or limiting nonessential trips into densely populated public spaces might be a good idea until the CDC threat level is lowered.

Pandemics can spread quickly and wreak all kinds of havoc.

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