Deadliest Diseases Ever
In the present situation, many world nations are taking crucial steps to fight corona. Almost every nation affected by the Coronavirus is locking down to prevent the infection from spreading and claiming more lives.
In this situation, when we are fighting against the deadliest disease ever, we should feel that “this situation will also pass away”. The reason is that COVID-19 is not the only life-threatening disease faced by the human community.
History has taught us many things and in the past, many deadliest diseases have been successfully fought by the generations prior to us. What should we learn from them? Yes, we should learn from their courage of fighting against the disease, and researchers are continuously working to find a remedy to Corona. Let us understand that there will soon be a remedy to Coronavirus with all hopes.
Past deadliest diseases:
This is one of the deadliest diseases, which is still not completely cured. However, measures are now available to safeguard a growing fetus from this infection if the mom is an HIV patient. This disease had a death toll of 36 million people and it was at its peak between 2005 and 2012.
It was initially identified in the Republic of the Congo in 1976 and since 1981, it claimed the lives of 36 million people proving itself to be a pandemic.
The breakthrough in the present situation is that nearly 31 to 35 million people live with this infection. Most of them are in Sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 5% of the population is infected.
As public awareness of the causes of this disease is known, it has now become a manageable disease. Now, people with this infection continue to lead productive lives. From 2005 to 2012, the death toll from this infection has dropped from nearly 2.2 to 1.6 million.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS:
Thankfully SARS had a very short history. It started to generate widespread panic in the year 2001. It was caused by the kind of the same Coronavirus that we are presently fighting called SARS-CoV.
The symptoms of SARS infection started within a couple to ten days once a person got in contact with this virus. The symptoms were body aches, headache, high fever, and at times diarrhea as well. The severe breathing difficulties it caused was the main reason for the concern then.
Almost all patients, who got this infection developed pneumonia. Similar to the present COVID-19, SARS also spread through the droplets from the infected person. Finally, solutions were found to prevent the deaths caused by SARS. However, even now, there is no particular treatment that works for all patients with SARS. For some patients, anti-viral medications are given, while some need steroids to bring down lung swelling.
If necessary, a ventilator or supplemental oxygen might be prescribed for some patients. If the severity is more, blood plasma from a person, who has already recovered from this illness might be administered.
This is yet another deadliest disease in history with a death rate average of 50%. The Ebola Filovirus caused this infection. Five different Ebola viruses are present and out of them, four can affect humans. Initially, this disease was discovered in 1976. The virus has the ability to rapidly spread from one person to another.
It spreads through direct contact with an infected person or animal and even though objects like contaminated syringes and needles. The most considerable outbreak of this disease happened in 2014 to 2016. It majorly happened in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
The thing we should learn from these deadliest diseases in the world is that there is a solution for everything. With our social isolation as recommended by most national governments, we can prevent the present Coronavirus from spreading. Let us stay away and fight this deadly virus!