The great plagues
The viral infection COVID-19, which first appeared at the end of 2019 in the Chinese province of Wuhan, caused by the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 from the coronavirus family, continues to keep the world on alert. In addition to the medical challenges, national and global economic consequences of the corona epidemic are increasing.
More than 100,000 people have become infected worldwide, more than 4,000 patients have died from the new type of respiratory tract disease, which has a great potential for infection with an incubation period of approximately 14 days and in many cases only mild (cold-like) symptoms.
Despite the PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) proclaimed by the WHO, the spread of the infection outside China has turned into a pandemic situation.
However, there are some promising approaches in the development of suitable vaccines. However, the availability of an authorised vaccine is not predictable. The conventional protective measures remain, such as general hygiene instructions, quarantine, bans on major events or travel restrictions.
A review of history shows that this is not the first and certainly not the last epidemic that people have to fight with.