Why is it a bigger deal than the seasonal flu?
Seasonal flu is an all-human virus – i.e., its DNA/RNA chains are recognized by the human immune system. Plus, we have flu vaccines.
The Wuhan Coronavirus is a “novel” virus, meaning it was an animal virus that mutated and jumped to humans. Then within only two weeks, it mutated again so it could be transmitted not just from its original animal host to humans, but also from human to human.
So it’s a big deal because our immune systems don’t recognize the sequencing of the animal genes, we don’t have a vaccine (yet), and it’s thought to be about three times as contagious as the seasonal flu.
Also, it has mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain S and strain L, which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.
History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past. This is really all we have available to us right now to fight this.
- CtH: I changed this a bit from the version posted by April Lennartson on Facebook, mostly just to shorten it for clarity.