Pathogens and Types of Infection: COVID-19
Don’t be overly afraid of the new coronavirus.
Do you know the pathogens called SARS and MERS?
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is a respiratory syndrome that prevailed in Asian countries from 2002 to 2003.
MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) is a respiratory syndrome that has been prevalent in Saudi Arabia since 2012.
The infectivity and toxicity of the new coronavirus, which will spread worldwide from 2020, is not so high compared to the new influenza and Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
Of course, the new coronavirus is very scary to humankind, but the risk is similar to the risk of influenza.
The pathogens of SARS and MERS are the same as those of the new coronavirus.
Most of the coronaviruses identified so far have been around us all the time.
If you are a healthy person with sufficient physical strength, the worst is likely to be avoided even without a silver bullet or vaccine.
On TV and online news, the world seems to be panicking.
For example, the case fatality rate of people infected with the Ebola virus is up to 8%.
If the Ebola virus is airborne like the coronavirus, the world will be catastrophic.
Ebola virus is in body fluids a lot such as the patient’s blood.
If you come into contact with the patient’s body fluids, you may become infected.
However, like coronavirus and influenza virus, Ebola virus is not airborne (spray infection).
Airborne infections are certainly horrifying.
But the new coronavirus is not so hopeless in humanity’s long history.
No matter how loud human beings are, the pathogens will not disappear.
Gather the right information and act appropriately.
– NCBI: Introduction to Pathogens
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