Is Ebola Virus More Dangerous than Coronavirus?


New crown virus outbreak in Africa, making it into a disaster state far larger than Ebola

For many days, as the new coronavirus continued to spread globally, many countries in the world were affected by this infectious virus to varying degrees. Today, even African countries more than 10,000 kilometers away from China are not immune.

To date, according to real-time statistics released by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, 46 countries across Africa have reported new coronavirus confirmed patients, and the total number of confirmed patients has exceeded 2475. 
In this real-time statistics, although there are relatively few confirmed cases in some landlocked countries, the real-time statistics clearly show that the new crown virus still has a firm foothold on the north and south ends of the African continent.

According to reports, in an interview with the media, the "Director of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention" emphasized very seriously: "The new crown virus has changed from an imminent threat into an imminent disaster!" Then, in the face of Africa, which is not rich, Land, medical resources are very weak, and sanitation conditions are poor. 

For a continent with a population of nearly 1.3 billion people, will this be a sonata of an outbreak and disaster?

According to relevant media reports, on the evening of March 15, South African President Cyril Ramafossa gave a national television speech, "In our history of democracy, there has never been such a severe situation,  at this time he announced that according to the disaster Management Act".

The Republic of South Africa, the southernmost country on the African continent, has inevitably entered a "state of disaster".

Subsequently, Ramaphosa announced a series of rather tough epidemic prevention measures in the country:
  • Closing 37 of the 72 ports of entry
  • Canceling large-scale celebrations such as National Day
  • Banning gatherings of more than 100 people and closing schools

At this time, there were only 61 confirmed cases of New Coronavirus in South Africa. Ramaphosa's attitude was not optimistic, when he predicted that the number of confirmed diagnoses would rise sharply in the next few days.

However, the facts also tell us that Ramaphosa's prediction is correct:
The confirmed cases of New Coronavirus in South African countries have increased 11 times in just 11 days, and the number of patients has now reached 709.
Faced with this outbreak, South Africa, a country known as the "Rainbow Country", had to implement national closed management measures.

Epidemic currently infected by the virus

The epidemic is currently infected by the virus. Closed traffic and airports are common anti-epidemic measures. Prohibition and isolation are the best prevention and control measures to better stop the virus from continuing to flow.
According to Nandu reporters, many countries in Africa have adopted a series of preventive and control measures including varying degrees of traffic restrictions, segregation, closure of major traffic routes, suspension of schools, prohibition of assembly, and reduction of public transportation. 

E.g: At the beginning of February, EgyptAir, the national airline of Egypt, suspended all flights to China. 
On March 19th, Egypt’s traffic control was further upgraded, and all airports and air travel in the country were closed. 
Also, Egypt The government also ordered a curfew, with offenders jailed for up to three years.

Many other countries have implemented different control measures. For example, in Cameroon, all schools in the country have been closed; in Nigeria, designated hospitals have been opened for new crown patients; in Rwanda, all bars in the country have been closed.
In Uganda, harsh Religious parties and weddings are prohibited.

In addition, according to incomplete statistics, these countries in Africa have adopted different levels of travel restrictions: Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, etc., and some of them have closed their borders and entered " State ”, for example, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, etc.

According to relevant media, as of March 26th, Beijing time, the number of newly crowned patients in South Africa with the highest number of confirmed cases in Africa has increased again, so the country’s epidemic prevention and control has escalated again, except for police, doctors, pharmacy staff, material transporters and other special personnel.

The country has implemented a "21-day fully closed" state-everyone must stay at home. In response, South African President Ramaphosa said:
"This is a decisive measure that can prevent millions of South Africans from being infected and save hundreds of thousands of lives."
I hope the epidemic in South Africa can be controlled as soon as possible.

So how did Africa, the second-largest continent in the western eastern hemisphere, trigger the spread of the new crown pneumonia virus here?

There is no doubt that the increase in global exchanges has increased the risk of virus transmission, and Europe, the plate located in the northwestern part of the eastern hemisphere, is the springboard for the new crown epidemic to invade Africa:
"Dangerous viruses from tropical rainforests can be found within 24 hours Arrive by air to any city on Earth. "American writer Richard Oreston wrote in Blood Plague. This is why many experts have expressed their concerns about the epidemic in Africa. This epidemic in Africa is different from the early Chinese cases in European and American countries. 
Ebola more dangerous than Coronavirus in Africa

The new crown virus mostly landed on the African continent with Europe as a springboard

From late February to early March, when the new crown virus was still expanding in Europe, the African zone was still in a relatively safe period. However, the safety period is very short. During this period, the virus quietly entered South Africa.

On March 5, the first patient was confirmed in the country and he had a history of travel in Italy. By March 8, the African epidemic had entered a period of rapid rise. On March 8th, the number of confirmed diagnoses in the country of Egypt rose from three to 48 at one time; after mid-March, the number of confirmed diagnoses in the South African country rose rapidly.

Africa has been preparing for the introduction of new coronary pneumonia

On March 10th, John Kengersson, director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news conference that day:
"Africa has been preparing for the introduction of new coronary pneumonia, and now the 'wolf' has come."
On that day, Africa More than one hundred confirmed cases were diagnosed.

Ten days later, the number of confirmed cases in Africa increased rapidly and quickly broke the thousand. For example, the DRC, Zambia, Djibouti, Gambia and other countries all reported the first confirmed patient. At this time, the new crown virus spread to almost all of Africa.

At a news conference on March 18, the current Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tandesser, once again shouted, "Africa should wake up." He also stressed, "We must do everything we can to stop the epidemic in its infancy."

Situation could be worse if the virus breaks out in Africa

However, many health experts around the world say the situation could be worse if the virus breaks out in Africa. The shortage of anti-epidemic materials has seriously troubled the countries on this continent. In response to this, the head of the WHO African Region "Morty" said, "Many people in many families must sit in the same space and sleep in the same space."

Because the house they live in cannot guarantee a bedroom for each member, which is why This means that epidemic prevention is very difficult, because it is difficult for their family members and even their neighbors to maintain a sufficient "prevention distance."

As a result, many health experts worry that the spread of the new crown virus in Africa, or sub-Saharan Africa, will become the "post-Ebola era".
Because around 2014, the "Ebola" virus was severely outbreak in South Africa, and the epidemic situation was very serious at that time. The data showed that the average case fatality rate was as high as 50%, and even some areas were as high as 90%.

Well, such a serious situation is not only related to the characteristics of Ebola, but also to the adverse effects of epidemic prevention in African countries at that time. For example, at that time in Africa, in terms of the prevention and control of infectious viruses, not only were resources limited, but the health system was generally weak, and there was a large shortage of trained medical staff.
Now, the more powerful new crown virus has invaded Africa again, which undoubtedly increases the challenges for African countries.

The epidemic may bring heavy financial pressure on African economic powers

On March 13, Willa Songui, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, said:
"The epidemic may bring heavy financial pressure on African economic powers such as South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Angola. Directly lead to the economic failure of African countries."

However, it is difficult to say one side, and the eight sides support it. There is also good news uploaded in this difficult land in Africa. In mid-March, China's "Ma Yun Foundation" announced that it would donate to each country in Africa: 100,000 masks, 1,000 Protective clothing, 1000 protective masks, 20,000 test kits and other medical epidemic prevention substances.

Moreover, it is reported that these materials have successfully arrived in Ethiopia on March 22. In this regard, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed said he will distribute the batch of anti-epidemic materials to African countries. Then, it is best to hope that the people of all African countries can overcome the new crown epidemic as soon as possible.


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