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IPFS News Link • Pandemic

How the killer coronavirus compares to SARS, swine flu and Ebola:


The true scale of the coronavirus epidemic has been laid bare thanks to an interactive map that compares it with other deadly disease outbreaks.

It tracks the lethal flu-like infection, which has killed more than 1,300 people and infected 60,000, and pits it against SARS in 2003, swine flu in 2009 and Ebola in 2014.

The map shows coronavirus has already dwarfed the death and infection rate of SARS, which killed 774 people and plagued 8,098 in 18 months.

By comparison, the new virus has killed twice as much and infected more than seven times that in less than eight weeks.

The map highlights that coronavirus has a much wider spread than Ebola, despite being less deadly.

Some 11,300 people were killed during the African epidemic, but it mainly affected Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 

By comparison, coronavirus cases have been recorded in at least 28 countries and territories.