The official declaration made on Sunday by the Chinese officials transformed the coronavirus into an even more scary scenario than SARS was back in 2003. Adding the latest 89 deaths caused by the virus to the existing ones, the number exceeded 800 casualties. A significant source of concern is that those might not be accurate numbers.
China is fighting with the global emergency that the virus has caused by investing billions of dollars in research, medical supplies, and also in trying to contain the epidemic. But the outbreak seems to be pretty far from being contained.
The infected patients are now more than 37,000 worldwide. Three hundred of them were confirmed in 24 countries outside of China. Twelve cases within the United States. This, along with the death of an American citizen in China, made the US give financial help: more than $100 million in assistance to China and the countries affected by that virus.
The New Coronavirus Is Deadlier than SARS
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory disease of zoonotic origin. Between November 2002 and July 2003, an outbreak of SARS in southern China caused 8,098 cases, resulting in 774 deaths reported in 17 countries.
With SARS, horseshoe bats and civets seemed to have been the intermediaries between man and animal kingdom. In the latest 2019-nCoV epidemic, the pangolin is the primary suspect to have transported the virus from bats to humans.
Pangolin is an endangered species, that Chinese exploited for its protective keratin scales covering their skin and its meat. The keratin scales are used in traditional medicine, and the meat is considered a delicacy. It was the most trafficked animal in the world back in April 2013, when 10,000 kilograms of pangolin meat was seized from a Chinese vessel that ran aground in the Philippines. This happened even though in 2010, pangolin was listed as an endangered species.