With the increase in the appearance of coronavirus cases, including the first confirmed case of the virus inside the United States, the worries over the possibility of an outbreak similar to the lethal SARS epidemic which came about in 2003.
However, according to experts, the health care system of Canada is more than capable of dealing with any possible coronavirus appearances because of the numerous valuable lessons they learned in the SARS outbreak. The SARS outbreak resulted in the demise of 44 Canadians, and a total of 774 individuals around the globe.
According to Allison McGeer, a microbiologist, the level of medical preparedness seen now, is much greater than how it used to be.
On Wednesday, Allison McGeer stated, on Your Morning on CTV, how the previous 17 years have witnessed the dramatic advancement in the science behind diagnosing viral ailments.
Allison McGeer works at Mount Sinai Hospital. During 2003’s outbreak in Toronto, she was on the ground and even got infected as well.
She stated how the new coronavirus was an ailment which was first seen on the 29th of December. She stated that only 10 days later, they have managed to identify the virus, have generated a sequence, and are capable of testing for it. McGeer added how this is so much faster than their workings in 2003.
Up until the mid-way point of the SARS outbreak, it was not confirmed as a coronavirus by health officials. The newest ailment has been described by the WHO as a new coronavirus. It comes under a greater group of coronavirus which consists of the severe acute respiratory syndrome as well as the Middle East respiratory syndrome.
On Wednesday, a WHO expert panel is to sit and discuss whether to declare a global emergency.