How Did They Manage To Contain?
The virus wasn’t to be seen for years because of what was considered to be a successful global response. Truth be told, the containment was only possible because the disease was severe.
All those who caught the virus were remarkably ill. The virus termed as H5N1 had a much greater fatality rate. The best part is that the people who were infected could be spotted and isolated quickly which might not be the case with the modern Coronavirus.
Why Is The Case With The 2019 Coronavirus Any Different?
People who may be infected are walking around freely feeling just a bit “under the weather”, unknowingly spreading the virus around. This virus has a fatality rate much lower than H5N1, but it is also only because of this that it has created a ruckus at a global level.
The Coronavirus has reached the homo sapiens in a more evolved form to maximize its vitality. The strategy: it makes sick, but does not kill. That does not mean it is not deadly. It makes people sick but without them having a clue.
Even with the “successful global measures” to curb the situation and with institutions like WHO raising the alarm for life’s sake, which by the way took much less time than the situation back in 1997, the outbreak is incessant. And it’ll probably remain the same for some time.
Is The Containment For The New Coronavirus Possible?
How we respond to any emergency situation is that what constitutes “containment”. To be honest, both plausible and uncanny measures were taken, for instance, banning the formation of a crowd, isolating cities, restricting people from stepping out of their homes and addressing people by the means of drones. Yet, the outbreak has spread to 24 countries.
Extreme measures like sending officials door-to-door to inspect for symptoms and pick out skeptical cases to be quarantined have been taken. Nonetheless, the strategy to look for already “sick” is not perfect when the people who are feeling fit as a fiddle could be the potential carriers of the virus.
Should You Worry?
Studies show that the virus will infect at least 50-60 percent of people globally by this year. However, it does not mean that we will be visibly affected. In a similar fashion, if the outbreak persists, it would just be the new seasonal disease, the cold and flu AND the corona season.
When we speak of the 24 countries that have positive corona results, the estimate is very rough. Quite interestingly though, the rate at how it spreads depends on the milder cases. Truly, the logic is pretty unconventional, but that’s what makes dealing with it more challenging. The cherry on the cake is that the outbreak appeared when it was already supposed to be the beginning of the flu season. The common dilemma then is if the people must be tested at all?
Further down the pyramid, looking for a vaccine is one of the only ways out. But even if a panacea is found out, it might take a year for it to be regarded as effective and reliable. Besides, the problem does not end here. The next step is the mass production and distribution of the vaccine which would also be an expensive venture.
Thus, making a vaccine the only hope may not be the most ideal anticipation; neither is banning travel, isolation or frantically accumulating resources for something that is here to stay.