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SARS: The First Pandemic of the 21st Century
By: Robert Kessler
Until the end of 2002, when scores of people in China began falling ill with a mysterious respiratory infection, SARS-CoV was a completely unknown virus. It had almost certainly, however, been hiding in plain sight in the wild for hundreds–if not thousands–of years. But scientists had yet to identify or study it conclusively.
That all changed quickly when the SARS pandemic began that year. Within months, SARS had spread to nearly every continent. Before it was contained, 8,000 people had contracted SARS; more than 700 people died. All told, SARS is estimated to have cost between $30 and $50 billion to the global economy from 2002 to 2003
originally posted by: Trueman
a reply to: ThinkingCap
We don't have vaccine or any cure for this virus.
I can't believe you don't know that.
A total of 1.5 million people died from TB in 2018 (including 251 000 people with HIV). Worldwide, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV/AIDS).
In 2018, an estimated 10 million people fell ill with tuberculosis(TB) worldwide. 5.7 million men, 3.2 million women and 1.1 million children. There were cases in all countries and age groups. But TB is curable and preventable.
Overall, 5.6 million children under age five died in 2016, nearly 15,000 daily (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016). The risk of a child dying before five years of age is highest in Africa (76.5 per 1000 live births), about 8 times higher than in Europe (9.6 per 1000 live births) (WHO, 2016).
Approximately 3.1 million children die from undernutrition each year (UNICEF, 2018a). Hunger and undernutrition contribute to more than half of global child deaths, as undernutrition can make children more vulnerable to illness and exacerbate disease (UNICEF, 2018a).
Seasonal flu kills 291,000 to 646,000 people worldwide each year, according to a new estimate that's higher than the previous one of 250,000 to 500,000 deaths a year.