Corona virus is again causing concern in China. Chinese authorities are considering increasing vaccinations to deal with the new wave. It is feared that the new variant of Corona ‘XBB’ may reach the peak of infection in June. In another week, the number of infected people may reach 650 million. According to a report in The Washington Post, this concern has arisen due to the ‘XBB’ variant. Infections of the new variant started last year after China moved away from its ‘Zero Covid’ policy.
Last winter, China lifted its strict coronavirus policies. Since then, it has been said that the outbreak of a new variant of the virus could cause the biggest wave of infections. Although the Chinese government claims, the recent rise will not be as severe as before.
However, the country’s public health experts believe that vaccination programs are needed to prevent the death of the elderly from Corona. Also hospitals need to be provided with antivirus.
After the outbreak of the coronavirus in 2019, scientists had to launch a massive effort to develop a vaccine to fight it. After three years the world is back to normal. But scientists are already warning of the next pandemic.
A recent warning from World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has added to the concern. He said that the whole world should be prepared for the next pandemic, which could be more dangerous than Corona.
Following his comments, there has been interest in which diseases are prioritized on the WHO website. The names on the short list could be the cause of the next terrible epidemic. We are more or less familiar with the names of most of the diseases in this list. Eg- Ebola, Sars, Zika. The last disease in this list is ‘Disease X’, which is now a cause of concern. According to the WHO website, the term refers to an epidemic, which can be spread internationally by a pathogen. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus. No known treatment has been discovered in the world yet.
Source: The Washington Post
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