Johns Hopkins (see below) have helpfully provided a world map of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases real-time (https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6) – join the dots…
Despite the UN refusing to call it a PANDEMIC (defined as an epidemic occurring worldwide), scientists and health professionals agree it is just this. This concept of pandemic pandemonium caused by viruses is not new; in fact the record for the most number of fatalities attributed to a virus goes to the Spanish flu back in 1918-20 that took out an estimated 50-100 million people world wide (I kid you not!!).
But, there are several learning points to take away from this event; 1) Government officials are often slow to respond (China first and now Italy), 2) current Health care systems do not have the capacity to cope with pandemics; 3) Transport officials have no process in place to obviate the spread of infections.
It pays to do due diligence in this, even if the same plans are at the cost of the local economy – protectionism should not be at the cost of the mass.
The projected world population by 2030 is 8.5 billion, this is a staggering statistic and one in which will encourage similar pandemics to occur closer and closer together (you’re looking at 6 meters for infections that spread by droplet spread). The human genome already has a staggering amount of genomic sequences from viruses and bacteria, which are recruited for immune defense mechanisms. For example, transposable elements and endogenous retrovirus sequences have been shown to modulate IFN response genes constituting an antiviral defense mechanism. It is probable that this process will lead to additional immune system functions (the next evolutionary milestone in immune system development).