The Novel Corona Virus (NCoV) is a new and notorious cousin of the common cold and something akin to SARS. Torn straight from the pages of “The Stand,” a novel by Stephen King, this newcomer to the Corona family prophetically poses the threat of worldwide calamity.
Though ostensibly isolated (for now) to regions of the Middle East and Britain, according to a March 13 Rueters article at Fox News Health,“Nine of the 15 people confirmed to have been infected with NCoV have died.” That’s a whopping 60 percent mortality rate!
The most recent victim was only 39 years old, and had no known contact with infected individuals. He died within a week of showing symptoms. The Rueter’s piece specifies some rather non-specific symptoms including: severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties and emphasizes the new virus “is well adapted to infecting humans.”
Respiratory therapists and others on the front line of patient care are tasked with vigilance as the World Health Organization urges “its member states to continue surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns.”
In “The Stand” a very similar virus is loosed upon the world, devastating human kind and ushering in the coming apocalypse of good vs. evil. Regarding such scenarios, Stephen King offers this macabre comfort; “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”