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Why Wuhan Coronavirus Could Be Deadlier Pandemic Than SARS

February 4, 2020

It’s a mildly chilly, but still pleasant November
2002 morning in China’s Guangdong province. A local farmer tends to his crops when he
crosses paths with one of China’s most adorable animals, the masked palm civet. A weasel-like animal, the masked palm civet
is unique to southeast Asia, and ubiquitous throughout the land- much like the common
raccoon in North America. Unknown to this farmer though, his close encounter
with this particular civet has become a deadly one. As the farmer breathes in the fresh fall air,
a few stray particles work its way into his lungs. Hiding amongst those airborne particles are
a few viruses, and while these viruses have infected civets for millenia, today all that
is about to change. With perhaps the world’s worst case of being
at the wrong place at the wrong time, this Chinese farmer has just breathed in the only
known mutation of what will become the SARS virus that allows it to infect human beings. From this one stray breath, the world will
be rocked by a modern pandemic that will kill hundreds. The farmer will be dead in a matter of days,
his corpse laid up in the same hospital bed he had checked himself into after having extreme
difficulties breathing. The virus within him however remained very
much alive, even as doctors inspected his corpse for a cause of death and remained unable
to identify one other than mysterious acute respiratory illness. The virus would spread from person to person-
some it had little to no effect on, and was written off as a mild flu or cold, others
it would prove fatal. The Chinese government very quickly realized
that something was extremely wrong in the small province outside of Hong Kong. Sending in government investigators, they
quickly realized that they were dealing with a new, and very contagious disease- yet in
a bid to prevent a panic, they refused to alert the World Health Organization and used
their control over the state-run media to block out any information to the public. The death toll however continued to rise,
and slowly Canada’s Global Public Health Intelligence Network, a global monitoring system that scours
media for possible pandemic outbreaks in order to stop them in their tracks, gathers evidence
that something very wrong is happening on the other side of the Chinese media blackout. The evidence is slow to be gathered though
due to Chinese censorship, and finally on December 5th, the Canadians have given enough
evidence to the World Health Organization that it submits a formal request for information
to the Chinese government. At first the Chinese Communist Party sits
silent, until a second request six days later is filed. Canada’s Global Public Health Intelligence
Network is meant to stop outbreak of diseases before they become pandemics, and so far it
has been very successful, yet there’s little it could have done to stop what came next
thanks to Chinese censorship. At the end of January, a fish seller suffering
from acute respiratory problems checked himself in to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital in
Guangzhou. Before dying, he becomes SARS’s first super-spreader,
infecting an approximate 30 doctors and nurses with the strange new disease. One of those infected would be a doctor named
Liu Jianlun, who would go on to spread the disease to Hong Kong. And once the disease reached Hong Kong, the
worst consequence that the Chinese government had fought so hard to prevent would come to
pass: the mystery disease would go global. Doctor Jianlun would travel to Hong Kong to
attend a family gathering. As one of the world’s most populated cities,
Hong Kong offered no shortage of new hosts for the deadly disease, and as Jianlun fell
ill, he had already done his job as a super-spreader. As Jianlun lay dying in a Hong Kong hospital,
the disease was already on its way to Vietnam, Canada, Taiwan, and beyond. Before being contained by the end of summer
2003, SARS would infect 8273 people around the world, killing 775 of them. This gave the disease a mortality rate of
9.6 percent, making it one of the deadliest modern epidemics. These numbers may not seem impressive, but
that’s only because of the massive global response to the epidemic, and the incredible
efforts of physicians around the world to discover the disease and quarantine it. In a way, SARS was a test of humanity’s ability
to respond to a global pandemic, and had the disease been more virulent, it’s likely we
would have failed that test thanks to the Chinese government’s censorship. The new coronavirus outbreak bears many similarities
to SARS, and in fact the two diseases are in essence the same, as they both come from
the same family of coronaviruses. Yet while mortality rates are still unknown
due to a lack of sample size and us still being in the opening days of a new pandemic,
it is clear that the disease is deadly. Initially only the elderly and young were
thought to be at risk, until in mid-January a perfectly healthy Chinese teenager died
from the disease. In just the last few days alone as we write
this script, the death toll has skyrocketed from 50 to 81, after initially casualties
being limited to just a few a day. This means that the virus is infecting more
people faster, and is spreading around the world at an exponential rate. If the death toll continues to climb at such
an incredible rate, the new Wuhan virus will be an order of magnitude more lethal than
SARS ever was. Humanity may be facing the first serious risk
to global health since the Spanish Flu outbreak that killed millions after the end of World
War I. While SARS took months to spread from rural
China to the rest of the world, the Wuhan virus was first identified in the major city
of Wuhan, and from there in less than a month since the outbreak began, there are already
40 cases confirmed in a dozen other countries, with five now here in the United States. We’re more than sure that as the virus continues
to spread, by the time this script is live and you’re watching this, all of those figures
will have grown exponentially. While the Wuhan virus attacks the body in
much the same way as SARS, it’s the ease of infection that is proving to make it far deadlier
than SARS ever was. China is far more interconnected with the
rest of the world than it was in 2002, with more international airports and flights across
the country. China’s rapid modernization has also greatly
increased the number of international visitors to the interior parts of the country, as opposed
to just the major port cities as was the case back in 2002. Basically, China is far more connected to
the world than it ever was, and while it was quick to alert the World Health Organization
this time over its latest outbreak, there was little that could be done before the disease
was already on its way to the rest of the world. To contain the outbreak, China has increased
the number of quarantined cities from 13, to 17, a move that affects over 50 million
Chinese citizens. The government has mobilized both the civilian
medical community and its military in a massive undertaking to fight the spread of the virus,
and two brand new hospitals are being built at a rapid pace in two of the worst affected
zones, set to be completed in a matter of weeks. In the US, cases have been confirmed in California,
Arizona, Illinois, Washington state, and Texas. Dozens of cities across the nation are now
screening patients who are showing symptoms that are consistent with those of the Wuhan
virus. As of this writing, two new patients in Virginia
are believed to be infected. Europe has not been spared the virus, and
recently two cases were confirmed in France. Just hours after the initial report, a third
case was confirmed. Though the list continues to grow daily, confirmed
Wuhan virus cases have come from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan,
Nepal, Malaysia, France, the US, and Australia. What makes the Wuhan virus especially dangerous
is the fact that it is contagious even during its incubation period, unlike the SARS virus. This means that the virus can still infect
people even before the carrier is showing any symptoms, something that makes identifying
and quarantining the virus early on almost impossible. As it takes up to two weeks for an infected
carrier to start feeling sick, that person could be spreading the disease around them
for fourteen days before realizing that they’ve been infected. This was impossible with SARS, which was not
contagious during its incubation period, and makes the Wuhan virus a far greater threat
than SARS ever was. As the world moves to contain the disease,
the American CDC has been working on a field test that can diagnose the virus early on,
and it hopes to be able to export the equipment soon to the rest of the world. What is clear is that we’re all in this together,
and petty national differences have thankfully been set aside as the world gears up to stop
the death toll from the Wuhan virus from climbing any higher.


  • Reply Me 17 February 4, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Do "YOU VS JEFF THE KILLER" please Infographics Show

  • Reply MrJDMRoller February 4, 2020 at 7:09 am

    The farmer didn't breathe the air around the civet, he ate it and got the virus in him, I bet it's the same for coronavirus, someone ate something (some sort of wild animal) and got the virus😑The revenge of animals

  • Reply ThatRandomGuyWithNoName February 4, 2020 at 7:13 am

    1820 pleague 1920 pleague 2020 pleague

  • Reply Science 101 February 4, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Honestly, this video is not helping anyone. The title and thumbnail are kinda misleading and spreading info that is not very credible. Get your info from the WHO and other credible organizations. Don't listen to any of these panic-spreading sources.

  • Reply Earl Bramley-Howard February 4, 2020 at 7:13 am

    over 400 dead now

  • Reply your friendly street potato boi February 4, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Mother nature is our enemy

  • Reply Alexander Mutter February 4, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Yo they scared me saying there was two cases in VA, thankfully they turned out healthy and virus free. I bout had a heart attack

  • Reply Chris Fernandez February 4, 2020 at 7:18 am

    "we're all in this together" …. that's the kind of globalist mentality that got us to this sick state in the first place
    if air travel was well restricted , the virus would still be china's problem
    instead countries still permit travel for citizens from known affected areas
    …. so now pay the Reaper

  • Reply jimmy walden16 February 4, 2020 at 7:18 am

    5 people in us yesterday today February 4th one day later it is 11 people in the us

  • Reply Nallid February 4, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Corona Virus: Kills and spreads to Chinese quickly
    China: Censor

  • Reply ejl February 4, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Let's just all move to Greenland. My PlagueInc viruses never make it there, we should be safe.

  • Reply KatEMC08 -TheEmeraldMinecart February 4, 2020 at 7:20 am

    People Nowadays
    more than 1300 people die from the flu : Who cares?
    1 person dies from the Coronavirus : AAAAAH! EVERYBODY PANIC!

  • Reply Ewan le Roux February 4, 2020 at 7:22 am

    What does the Coronavirus mean for the AIDS carriers here in Africa?

  • Reply Combustion69 February 4, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Scare mongering, the Corona Virus is just a version of the COMMON COLD. Like 5 people have died from it who were going to die anyway. Get a grip, unsubbed

  • Reply dust trust sans 2356 February 4, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Of course there's two cases in Virginia I mean it's not like the place where I live or anything

  • Reply Jim Milton February 4, 2020 at 7:26 am

    That thumbnail is so cursed

  • Reply karzygijose February 4, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Hong Kong protest now wuhan corona virus hmm 🤔 sounds fishy

  • Reply nickacelvn February 4, 2020 at 7:28 am

    I shall just remind you that the Illuminati (whatever you want to call them) want the earths population at 500million. Hmm pandemic sounds like a great way to do exactly that. Your government values you and would never allow something like that to happen …Ba ha ha ha ha ha your owned and they will do whatever we let them.

  • Reply dust trust sans 2356 February 4, 2020 at 7:29 am

    By the way thank a food shop in Wuhan China cuz they're the culprits that when cooking up bats and snakes now if Humanity's destroyed blame it on everybody who was doing that and if I meet you in heaven you're getting creamed on-site

  • Reply Shubham Kumar February 4, 2020 at 7:29 am

    What if it's Zombie apocalypse

  • Reply oofby February 4, 2020 at 7:31 am

    That thumbnail scares me

  • Reply Blue Toe February 4, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Humans are the disease, this is the cure 😛

  • Reply Senica III February 4, 2020 at 7:33 am

    The coronavirus isn't as bad as you think.

  • Reply steaming demon February 4, 2020 at 7:33 am

    i hope people know that once we eradicate it another one will come

  • Reply Kenneth Besig February 4, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Nature seems to be fighting to take back the planet with these pandemics.

  • Reply Nate Longstreet February 4, 2020 at 7:35 am


  • Reply Chloé Ismaily February 4, 2020 at 7:37 am

    The flu kills more people than the Corona virus…. chill guys 😅

  • Reply PrehistoricPlayz February 4, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Its not as deadly though…

  • Reply Karter February 4, 2020 at 7:41 am

    What is the Corno virus? What does it do?

  • Reply Joe Gazaway February 4, 2020 at 7:42 am

    It’s in the uk aswell

  • Reply you are domb February 4, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I dont think texas has a confirmed case yet

  • Reply crarb February 4, 2020 at 7:48 am

    We need Akari to makes Joseph say he will never forgive the Chinese

  • Reply Markku Filipoff February 4, 2020 at 7:50 am

    why Chinese people travel around the world and spread the virus

  • Reply ChangoBokole February 4, 2020 at 7:52 am


  • Reply Brian Byrnes February 4, 2020 at 7:53 am

    It already is

  • Reply Dabbing Titan February 4, 2020 at 7:56 am

    At the beginning they talk about sars disease starting from primates in guangdong province but not gonna mention that guangdong province currently allows people to eat a primate brain while its alive and raw. Ahh i love myself censorship that mentioning it makes you racist. I guess ill be the martyr that gets harassed for being "racist" in the name of truth. Your welcome

  • Reply nosuchthing8 February 4, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Months from now we.might be gasping for breath trying to get into overcrowded hospitals

  • Reply nosuchthing8 February 4, 2020 at 7:59 am

    More people have been infected by ncov than sars

  • Reply Mikesman1000 February 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Israel is also on the Wu-virus train.

  • Reply Beyond GodLike February 4, 2020 at 8:02 am

    On Mega Brutal I'm having trouble infecting Greenland… oh wait!

  • Reply Abd Aziz Abd Hamid February 4, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Normally once bitten twice shy.
    But now they have been bitten twice, Sar and latest Ncov.
    Will they shy away from those exotic four legged things(not including table)

  • Reply ok i post stuff February 4, 2020 at 8:03 am

    420 people have died

    Nice but not nice

  • Reply SpecOps Gaming February 4, 2020 at 8:11 am

    U forgot Philippines

  • Reply Bakunawa BenHierro February 4, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Let's stop eating meats that are not usually eaten by other people… Such as bats and other things outside the farm animals and fisheries… Lol

  • Reply Justin February 4, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Google 🔍

  • Reply Kotaro Jujo February 4, 2020 at 8:13 am

    It's our first step of revenge

  • Reply ohno February 4, 2020 at 8:14 am

    so last week I was on a plane with a man who just came back from China.
    as soon as we landed doctors came and checked temperatures of all passengers. the man was taken to hospital and the rest of us were free to go
    maybe it’s nothing but here I am freaking out

  • Reply Why are you reading this February 4, 2020 at 8:15 am

    This netter not be the new black death.

  • Reply Shadow 8472 February 4, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Here's a like for standing up to Chinese censorship. According to China Uncensored, YouTube has been demonetizing videos like yours, and no, I didn't get any ads. They also said the "hospitals" were really just tents.

  • Reply André Pereira February 4, 2020 at 8:16 am


  • Reply Kieran Roach February 4, 2020 at 8:16 am

    You must admit that the South African Revenue Service is still pretty scary tho….

  • Reply 《 MistiiMissy 》 February 4, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Ok but like,when the narrator said Corona already infected Malaysia i started to get paranoid a bit cuz i live in Indo-

  • Reply Griffin _ February 4, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Anyone remember… Swine flu, bird flu, ebola outbreak and west nile virus?

  • Reply Neo Vamp February 4, 2020 at 8:24 am

    This seems like a pro playing plague inc. Only fault I see is that it developed symptom way too quick

  • Reply Antoan's Gaming February 4, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Its fatal only to people with pre-existing diseases and to people with weak immune system but the media says its very fatal

  • Reply pca 123 February 4, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Here is how you prevent yourself from catching the virus: 1) wear an N95 mask, full wrap-around goggles for your eyes, and gloves, whenever you are out in public. 2) DO NOT touch your face until you have removed your gloves and washed your hands. 3) The virus stays alive for about 24 hours outside of the body, so when you come home, remove your mask/goggles/gloves, and outer clothes in an area OUTSIDE of your house so that you do not bring virus particles into the house. Leave them in separate piles so that in 48 hours you can return and pick them up when the virus has died naturally. That way you can re-use those masks/goggles/gloves/shoes etc. It is necessary to wear goggles over the eyes to prevent infection caused by water droplets from a coughing infected person nearby, landing on the surface of your eyes, infecting you that way, which is a common way to get infected.

  • Reply Christiandudeow0 Hi February 4, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Wait so other counties might not be infected by the sars if China had told the other countries about it?

  • Reply Mark Angelo Castro February 4, 2020 at 8:31 am

    As of the todays Feb. 4, almost 18,000 confirmed cases with 425 deaths. And according to citizens inside Wuhan many of them aren't tested yet because hospitals are overwhelming. Those reported cases are only based on the hospitals capability to accommodate and diagnose a patient. Many are dying inside their homes or streets and directly cremated once picked up by men in hazard suits.

  • Reply Hafiz Foyzur Rahman February 4, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Coronavirus: goes to africa
    Coronavirus: Look at me. I'm the captain now

  • Reply Röda Pringles February 4, 2020 at 8:35 am

    In france.. Dont forgett Sweden too

  • Reply leo girl February 4, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Guess only north korea will survive this epidemic huh??

  • Reply Rem Ram February 4, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Here in indonesia we dont even know how many people already infected, government insist there's none but we have thousand chinese here working at labour.

  • Reply Breanna Maree February 4, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Watch the cure is a lime! 😂

  • Reply Gaming and other stuff February 4, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Lazarbeam is just playing plague Inc.

  • Reply salim mohammed February 4, 2020 at 8:48 am


  • Reply monkeyoncrackftw February 4, 2020 at 8:49 am

    The corona virus was created in a Chinese lab to be used against the people of Hong Kong,
    The last 3 century's have all had a plauge happen at the start of the second decade

  • Reply shane clyde February 4, 2020 at 8:49 am

    8 billion people in the world right now let's cut it down to half

  • Reply comment bot : 15 February 4, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Not leaving my home

  • Reply Yoda February 4, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Not yoda: every hour somebody die from coronavirus

  • Reply Richard Wesley February 4, 2020 at 8:51 am

    We are living in a digital world, this shows we are still human.

  • Reply Tim Chen February 4, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Aha got back from China 2 weeks ago 😂 and no I don't have it, got checked a week ago

  • Reply JackPullds February 4, 2020 at 8:53 am

    My home country is currently also infected and it is Germany

  • Reply JayOK February 4, 2020 at 8:57 am

    The Spanish Flu didn't occur after WW1 it occurred towards the end. That's also why it spread so quickly as troops were moved throughout the world in small quarters.

  • Reply Zeus Carter February 4, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Humans deserve this

  • Reply Abraham Awonusi February 4, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Why I feel like this channel only post negativity surrounding the virus for no reason, like they tryna scare us😂

  • Reply Olufemi Agbato February 4, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Itll be over in 2 weeks

  • Reply DamagedSoul BrokenHeart February 4, 2020 at 9:03 am

    "You better not be thinking about a dumb virus challenge!" 🤣🤣

  • Reply Qrixor RBLX February 4, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Its airborne, it spreads at any time, it can spread before the virus deploys the payload, and it can spread about a mile a minute. Wheres the zombies tho

  • Reply 31webseries February 4, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for the horror movie music in the background. Really helped lessen the panic.

  • Reply Janga Juff February 4, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Its at least 8 in the USA in 5 states

  • Reply Snail Racing February 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

    If China lied about sars, why are they doing more to investigate Novel coronavirus cover ups?

  • Reply Aaron .V February 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Oh. Okay. It just ends like that

  • Reply GamerThe Bezt February 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

    This is bad veryyyy bad… I dont wanna die (。ŏ_ŏ) 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Im still a kid

  • Reply life just great February 4, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Well life's great 👍.😸

  • Reply EWKification February 4, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Gong-zoo?! Gong-zoo?! Come on. It's more like Gwang-Joe. Look up how to say the names. They actually aren't that hard to NOT get 100% wrong (ex., Bei-jing, not Bei-zhing).

  • Reply gamerbeast55 February 4, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Very abrupt ending to this video, was rather strange

  • Reply salome badashvili February 4, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Chinese already can identify virus just in 2 hours

  • Reply Snail Racing February 4, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Alot of people in my town in australia are suddenly getting very very sick, we are in the middle of summer right now no one gets sick here in summer, I'm starting to worry…

  • Reply IGNANT TV February 4, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Hilarious, the thumbnail should be 3 Asian people eating bat soup, but they put a black guy front and center as if he is patient zero…

  • Reply Snail Racing February 4, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Me: oh man I can't wait for season 2 of the witcher to come out
    *Coronavirus wants to know your location*

  • Reply Electric EC February 4, 2020 at 9:14 am

    1 of the hospital was completed under 2 weeks

  • Reply Rambo64bit February 4, 2020 at 9:15 am

    The year of the rat is very proactive

  • Reply Zai Japar February 4, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Plauge inc: were going to make an update

  • Reply 10 Minute Experiments February 4, 2020 at 9:18 am

    See, DPRK is smart. They blocked all Airports and they are safe. Be Communist and secretive and it will work.

  • Reply Adam Octorachmadi February 4, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Don't freak out people,
    This virus is literally "Made in China",
    We all know chinese product don't last long..

  • Reply Dillon Yan Grajo February 4, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Because Coronavirus is like a upgraded Sars scientist sead

  • Reply d19xx February 4, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Open borders should be fun.

  • Reply Ers1nPro February 4, 2020 at 9:27 am

    We Need something to do Before it's to late

  • Reply Herald Zheng February 4, 2020 at 9:28 am

    The Wuhuan virus spreads faster than SARS but is not as deadly as SARS.
    But hey, the Wuhuan virus is still no joke.

  • Reply master long February 4, 2020 at 9:31 am

    There are hundreds of people that has recovered from the wuhan virus as well

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