Why experts suspect more cases in China and why the US has more cases than it realizes
written by E Rosalie, originally published at https://www.nobelprose.com on January 20, 2020; edited to add US cases and for clarity
Prologue: The bodies often slumped to the side.
A bloody froth spilled from the nose and mouth, pooling on the floor, visible to onlookers awaiting the same fate. If the others did not die from the virus, they might still drown in their own blood— maybe pneumonia.
By the pandemic’s end in 1920, 50–100 million people had perished, and there was little doubt it would happen again. The pandemic the world has yet to forget; that’s what I thought of skimming the reports from Asia.
The close relative of SARS appeared out of thin air, but, just as abruptly, new cases in China disappeared — only the reports, not the sick people. The virus popped up in three, and now four, countries: Thailand, Japan, Korea, and the US.
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