Pandemic could come anytime, killing 900 million lives, scientist have warned. The spread of deadly flu-like virus pandemic could wipe out a massive chunk of the world’s population — nearly a billion people — if it started today.
Researchers at John Hopkins University for Global Health Security in Baltimore, Maryland, created a simulation to find out the effects that the new type of parainfluenza, known as Clade X would have across the globe.
The simulation showed a made-up virus which was spread by coughing killed 150 million people around the world and no cure and no vaccine. It also projected the reactions that would come from governments and health authorities around the world over dramatically spreading deadly infection. The researchers said that by the end of the simulation, there would be 900 million dead people – nearly 10% of the world’s population.
“I think we learned that even very knowledgeable, experienced, devoted senior public officials who have lived through many crises still have trouble dealing with something like this,” Eric Toner of the Johns Hopkins Center said adding, “And it’s not because they are not good or smart or dedicated, it’s because we don’t have the systems we need to enable the kind of response we’d want to see.”
Researchers named their experiment the Clade X simulation which is the name of their fictional disease. The experiment involved real health authorities including Julie Gerberding, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and US politicians Tom Daschle and Susan Brooks. They noted that the Pandemic could come anytime and the world is not prepared to fight against the deadly pandemic.