A potentially active virus might be originating from the African tropical forest and might hit humans soon, says Professor Jean Jacques who discovered the Ebola virus back in 1976. He warns that the development of new pathogens can trigger more deadly diseases in humans and thus, humanity is in danger. With a total number of corona affected cases crossing the mark of 85 million worldwide, humanity is “actually” in danger if such viruses keep evolving like this.
Disease X going to bring more threat to humanity
As termed by the scientists, the disease X, where X stands for a hypothetical unexpected pathogen that may be more potential even than the coronavirus. Its fatality rate matches 50% to 90% of Ebola whereas it can spread massively like the coronavirus. The scientist who discovered Ebola, Jean Jacques says, “We are now in a world where new pathogens will come out. And that’s what constitutes a threat for humanity”. He also said that the new disease can be more “apocalyptic” than the coronavirus.
Ebola scientist says more zoonotic disease to grab us soon
A zoonotic disease is one that spreads from animals to humans. The coronavirus is also expected to be a disease of this kind as it is expected to have spread from bats of Chinese origin. Most experts are seeing this zoonotic disease outbreak as the result of massive deforestation that is carried out globally which destroys the animal’s natural habitat. When nature comes to take revenge, it doesn’t leave any stone unturned to protect itself from cruelty. So, we must take care of the nature and environment and also protect the natural habitat of animals to prevent such deadly occurrences.
Early detection can control the spread unlike the coronavirus
Even though the potentiality of the virus is more and it can affect more humans if it starts spreading like corona, it is also a fact that controlling it in the initial stage may not make the condition so worse. Regarding the same, Jean Jacques said, “If a pathogen emerged from Africa it would take time to spread all over the world. So, if this virus is detected early — like in my institution here — there will be an opportunity for Europe [and the rest of the world] to develop new strategies to fight these new pathogens”. We only hope for a better future ahead.
The Policy Times suggestion
- If the report is to be believed then the world is in real danger. Even if we keep facing these new challenges every day, we must not lose hope. We must still keep our faith strong and move ahead with the goal of fighting the adversities positively.
- The governing authorities of all the nations must also look out to the fact that what preventive measures can be taken if there is any truth to the new virus originating reports. The earlier we take prevention, the better we will be able to deal with the worse.