COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): a zoonotic coronavirus of unconfirmed origin as of March 2020. Most researchers believe it stemmed from a bat source with possible intermediate species (perhaps pangolins).
Pangolins? In 2016, a treaty of over 180 governments announced an agreement that would end all legal trade of pangolins and further protect the species from extinction. However, illegal trade of the species continues. WWF, together with TRAFFIC, works to protect species from wildlife crime. In Asia, we work to reduce consumer demand for illegal wildlife products with campaigns and partnerships with governments and businesses.
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. In January 2020, China implemented a nationwide lockdown in Wuhan, but this measure failed to contain the virus, with it spreading to other parts of mainland China and, eventually, around the world. -Source Wikipedia
The World Health Organization declared the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, and later a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Since 2021, variants of the virus have resulted in further waves in several countries, with the Delta variant being the most virulent“. As of 17 July 2021, more than 189 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 4.07 million confirmed deaths attributed to COVID-19, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history. -Source Wikipedia
Have we experienced pandemics similar to Covid-19?
SARS (SARS-CoV or SARS-CoV-1): severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS-associated coronavirus; virologists have identified a single population of horseshoe bats that harbours virus strains with all the genetic building blocks (2002 – 2004)
EBOLA (Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF): zoonotic Ebola virus involving bat; scientists think people are initially infected with Ebola virus through contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or nonhuman primate (2013 – 2016)
MERS-CoV: zoonotic coronavirus possibly originally from a bat, transmitted to humans via dromedary camels (2012 – 2018)
A Zoonotic Virus is transmitted between animals and people, and it is contractible through direct or indirect contact with infected animals.
Maybe the dangers of a zoonotic (approximately 8 years of studies) virus that could be transmitted by a bat should have had closer, more responsible studies if even any? Why were the purposes of these studies being conducted for? Was the United States of America performing any such research pertaining to bats or pangolins?
Have we experienced pandemics before Covid-19?
Third Cholera Pandemic (1852 – 1860) Flu Pandemic (1968)
Flu Pandemic (1889 -1890) SARS (2002 – 2004)
Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910 – 1911) HIV/AIDS Pandemic (at its peak, 2005 – 2012)
Flu Pandemic (1918) EBOLA (2013 – 2016)
Asian Flu (1956 – 1958)
Due to past pandemics there should have been some knowledge of how to handle the situation to some degree. The decisions that had been implemented on behalf of our government and elected officials do not appear as any knowledge was utilized from past experiences.
No doubt something that we have never experienced before. But, it seems there was never a plan, a well thought solution to the problem, just actions through poor leadership with no follow through plan.
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