Can We Outsmart The Smartest Virus On The Planet?

Cellular-virus

Humans have battled viruses for thousands of years — just like the perpetual battle of good and evil. There seems to be news about a new or re-emerging pathogen almost every day. The last Ebola outbreak in DR Congo reminded us of the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014 in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone that killed over 11,300 people despite not being a respiratory virus spread through the air. Then, the Zika virus emerged as a significant global health risk as infection during pregnancy was associated with babies born with microcephaly — this kept researchers and doctors in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean worried, busy, and perplexed. The 2016 yellow fever outbreak in Angola, and the 2017 and 2018 outbreak in Brazil, killed hundreds of people despite there being an available that is highly effective (approaching 100% efficacy). So, what about a virus that can spread through the air? There’s no need for a sneeze or a cough. A single breath can harbor a virus and infect others — microorganisms which can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours, can increase the risk of fetal death and stillbirth during pregnancy and can kill up to 650,000 people in the world each year.

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