With the recent health scare of the Coronavirus, I thought it important to be reminded of similar health scares of the past two decades. Listed below are a few of the examples from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Feb 2003 (774 deaths worldwide)
Bird Flu (H5N1) - Nov 2005 (616 deaths worldwide)
Swine Flu (H1N1) - April 2009 (12,469 deaths worldwide)
Zika Virus (ZIKV) - May 2016 (Pregnancy related microencephalopathy in which 134 infant deaths confirmed)
CoronaVirus (COVID-19) - Feb 2020
Common cold and flu (291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.
The question is, is there a legitimate need to be alarmed with this latest viral scare? First, let's dispel any false information that you may have received. According to The John Hopkins Institute the differences between the latest coronavirus vs the good old fashion flu is this: