Coronavirus has pandemic potential, scientists claim

Coronavirus has pandemic potential, scientists claim

The coronavirus may spread worldwide, the World Health Organization supposes. According to the WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “the virus has pandemic potential”.

However, he adds that there are no signs of the global pandemic yet. And despite the recent news from South Korea and Italy, the infection is considered controlled.

As BBC reports, not everyone agrees with that point of view. For example, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shares an opinion that the current speed of global transmission is worrisome and can be called “an early stage of pandemic”.

The outbreak is affecting many countries and the number of cases outside China is increasing. The main affected areas to the moment are Italy, South Korea, Iran and Japan. The US is also affected and is expected to be affected more in the nearest future. According to the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier, it is not the question of “exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness”.

One of the reasons why the outbreak may continue is that Iran does not have a proper healthcare system to contain the virus… Many asymptomatic people there may also have contacts with people from Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon.

The novel virus called COVID-19 was first detected in China last December. SInce then, more than 80,970 have fallen ill and about 2,760 have died.

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