Suddeutsche Zeitung: On the verge of a pandemic

Suddeutsche Zeitung: На пороге пандемии

The distinction between a problem and a disaster in the world diseases rather thin. When it comes to infectious microorganisms, it depends mostly on one word: pandemic.

The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung recalls that 17 years have passed since then, as the causative agent of SARS, a previously unknown virus caused a barely measurable localization that gripped the world the epidemic has infected thousands of people and killed hundreds. If we compare that time with today’s outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China, it becomes in fact clear that the world is moving again to the pandemic, if at all, was not going through its midst.

“More than 20 thousand cases of infection are confirmed by laboratory tests, the number of victims grows every day in dozens. Most cases occur in the Chinese province of Hubei, but also outside of China 26 countries on three continents announced a total of about 190 infections pathogen”, – said the journalist Katrin Zinkand.

Outside of China registered daily while a small number of new cases of infection, “however, high-level experts see what is happening more and more signs of a pandemic and warn of the danger of the uncontrolled spread of infection and on other continents except Asia. So, on Monday, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases, USA Anthony Fauci said in an interview with The New York Times that the virus is very very contagious. “It will almost certainly be a pandemic”, – reports the edition.

“What will be the consequences of a pandemic of a new pathogen remains unclear. Experts still don’t know how many people contracted the virus in fact, from what time and for how long infected can be contagious for others and how to treat or prevent infection. However, awareness about the virus grows. Constantly there are studies that add new parts to this “puzzle.” Some conclusions again be called into question, as, for example, the assumption that infected people can infect others before onset of symptoms. Other studies give important, if not decisive information on the characteristics of the virus.”

“So, the two appeared in the scientific journal Nature study confirm the suspicion that the pathogen is not only similar to the SARS virus, but also binds in the human body with the same molecular structures. “This gives hope, says virologist Ian Jones from the British University of reading. It says that drugs and vaccines developed to combat SARS, may be effective against the new coronavirus,” – reports the edition.

“At the same time, thanks to these two studies, it became known that the source of a new pathogen like SARS, bats are and he either directly or through an intermediate host crossed over to humans. And finally, studies show how together, and quickly, scientists are working to better understand the virus.”

However, the acquisition of new information and the localization of the pathogen is not the only measure to be taken, specifies the edition. “As said Tuesday at a press conference in Geneva, Sylvie Briand, a who expert on communicable dangers in the current situation with the disease, there is another heated social media risk. Who called it “apodemia”. We are talking about rumors and false information, which, like a virus, extend parallel to this epidemic. “This infotame can be a serious obstacle in the fight against the virus,” said Brian. The who has created a platform that needs to resist the spread of rumors about the virus in the Internet before infogame will cover the entire world,” reports Süddeutsche Zeitung.