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Lessons learned from SARS in 2003

Overview on SARS in Asia and the World

Of the 10 countries or regions heading the cumulated numbers of cases, seven are in Asia (the mainland of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand). The Mainland of China (5327 cases with 349 deaths) and Hong Kong (1755 cases with 299 deaths) together already accounted for 87% of all cases and 84% of all deaths.

The SARS CoV-2 pandemic was underestimated by most countries except in Asia. Germany had the chance fundamental research performed on SARS in 2003 and a single Institute was the first to perform tests to detect the coronavirus on Jan. 16, 2020.

German researchers develop 1st test for new virus from China | AP News |

Dr. Christian Drosten, the director of the Institute for Virology at Berlin's Charite hospital, said the test developed by his team will allow labs to reliably diagnose the so-called novel coronavirus "in a very short period of time."

The US was preoccupied with impeachment trial of Trump and the battle between Red and Blue representatives in Congress.

Best performance by Laos, Cambodja, Thailand and Taiwan.

Good performance by nations includes China, Hong Kong and Japan. Germany certainly should receive an honorable mention.

Worst performers next to the US, Brazil and the UK  are the modern EU nations Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. For some the common denominator was indecision on following herd immunity. Most did not register all corona deaths and had poor performance protecting elderly in nursing homes. Culling the non-productieve members of society.

by Oui on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 06:43:25 PM EST

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