The coronavirus is officially more deadly than SARS. 908 people are dead in China, as of February 8, as the country quarantines cities and works to end the virus. SARS began in 2002 in similar circumstances and killed 774 people across the world.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will soon be on the ground in China, after the country delayed their advice and input. The WHO’ s director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter that they were deploying workers to the area to help the situation.
Animal activists have linked the coronavirus outbreak to the prevalence of the wildlife trade in China. The coronavirus was transmitted from animals to humans at a wildlife market in Wuhan. Pangolins are now thought to be the source of the virus.
PETA and other activist groups are urging people to stop eating meat to help stop the spread of these viruses.
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Read all One Green Planet’s coverage of coronavirus. Check out these articles:
- How Coronavirus and the Wildlife Trade are Linked
- Coronavirus Update: Pangolins Blamed for Spreading Virus
- Chinese Citizens Being Ordered to Dispose of Pets Despite Any Connection with Coronavirus Outbreak
- China Acts on Coronavirus and Temporarily Bans Wildlife Trade
- Coronavirus Update: Chinese Citizens Begin Disposing of Pets, Footage of Corpses Lining Street
- Coronavirus Update: Indonesians Called to Stop Eating Bats and Animal Activists Saving Pets in China
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