When people watch movies about viruses spreading at a rapid pace, they tend to look at them from a viewpoint of how it couldn’t possibly ever happen in real life.
The problem is that these are situations that scientists have gone over and researched for decades. They have gone through the motions of planning for what would happen in situations like this.
This virus that we are hearing about is scary as hell because it is one of those things that when you hear about it you realize how little there is that one can actually do.
The United States government is working to evacuate American citizens out of the Chinese city of Wuhan as China has now quarantined 40 million people and is warning that the nation is in a “grave situation” by the “accelerating” spread of the virus.
Bloomberg News reported that the quarantine area has expanded from 11 million people to 40 million people which is arguably the largest quarantine in history.
Eric Toner, a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Business Insider that he was not surprised by the rapid spread of the virus, and that just a few months ago he created a simulation model that mapped out what would happen if a coronavirus reached a pandemic scale.
“Toner’s simulation of a hypothetical deadly coronavirus pandemic suggested that after six months, nearly every country in the world would have cases of the virus,” Business Insider reported. “Within 18 months, 65 million people could die.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported:
The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919. In the United States, it was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918. It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.
The rapidly spreading virus has led the Chinese government to spearhead a highly ambitious project of building a 269,000 square foot hospital in six days that is capable of holding 1,000 infected patients.