From the Spanish flu to zika: How coronavirus compares

From My San Antonio
March 8, 2020

The current coronavirus outbreak has been the news story of the year (and it’s been a busy year — remember that impeachment thing?).

From when a cluster of pneumonia cases was found in and around Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, to recent deaths in Washington state and the growing spread of confirmed cases across the US, the outbreak has gripped the world. We’re in the midst of one of the biggest global health emergencies of our time, and only time will tell how it goes down in history.

The effects of COVID-19 on patients can vary from no symptoms at all, a shortness of breath and fatigue to a progression into pneumonia and multi-organ failure in the most vulnerable people. But how does the coronavirus epidemic (which is yet to be officially defined as a “pandemic”) compare to outbreaks of the past?

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