The number of coronavirus infected people has reached 1.127.528, and 59.949 of them died. No cure seems to be on the way, although scientists all over the world are struggling to find it. Recently, the hantavirus hit China.
Governments everywhere are imposing lockdowns in the desperate try to reduce the velocity of the coronavirus spread, and studies say that these measures help a lot. Even Trump administration started to take it seriously and is considering making mask-wear mandatory.
Peacefulness looks like a far distant feeling for each of us. Everything feels like a threat. And when something like a death caused by hantavirus in China hits us, some people can go directly to paranoia state. That’s another deadly virus that is animal originated. And once again, in China.
The hysteria over the hantavirus in China isn’t justified
It is essential to search for information before we let the feeling of insecurity get the best of us. Always choose reason instead of panic. According to ExpressUK, Professor Rick Douglass, an expert in hantaviruses, says that a hantavirus “fortunately it is not very communicable.” This means it isn’t very contagious.
Having this in mind, we can begin to observe the situation rationally. Hantaviruses aren’t human-to-human transmittable. To get infected, one needs to make contact with the rodent’s urine, saliva, and/or feces. Or with the infected human blood and excreta.
So, even if there is a 40% dying rate of hantavirus in North America, the fact that a Chinese man died of it in China isn’t a reason to believe there will be another epidemic. What’s more, the Chinese authorities say they’ve tested all the people that he came in close contact with the deceased.
But there is something we can learn from it that could help us stay safe from a hantavirus infection: to stay away from rodents. If we follow the rules that will keep us safe from a coronavirus infection (wearing masks and gloves, frequently washing our hands correctly, and not touching our faces before we do so), then there is no reason to be at risk for a hantavirus contagion.
We should learn something from this!
We might also give it a thought about what we will do after the pandemic will be over. It isn’t the zoonoses that come to us. It is we who lack respect for this planet and don’t understand boundaries. Our grazing and logging, or our exotic eating habits seem to be what got us infected with coronavirus and hantavirus.
If bats hurt us, we must decimate bats. This is our easy answer. And it’s easy to get there when we understand so little about how essential bats are to our ecosystems. It’s the same with decimating the deer mouse from which we could contract the hantavirus.
And the most important thing we’re missing is the understanding that we might be the Earth’s virus. We and our deviant behavior, our lack of care and consideration, the narcissism that makes us feel we rule the world and are entitled to do anything. “Because of our over 7 billion people acting as a massive human infection on the earth, we can only predict more epidemics,” said Professor Douglass.