A mysterious virus dubbed as 'walking pneumonia' is currently causing ripples of concern across the globe as it rapidly spreads through China. The illness, bearing a stark resemblance to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, is raising alert levels in neighboring countries like India and prompting worries of a potential threat to the UK.
'Covid-like' Scenario Unfolding
The virus, described as a 'Covid-like' scenario by health experts, is overwhelmed hospitals in China. The symptoms of this virulent infection include fever, cough, fatigue, green mucus, and shortness of breath. The virus has been difficult to track due to asymptomatic carriers, which has only added to the existing healthcare burden.
India on High Alert
India, with its close geographical proximity to China, has heightened its alert levels, reminiscent of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country's government has briefed medical staff and stockpiled medical supplies as preparation for a potential outbreak. The situation is being closely monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO).
UK May Dodge Outbreak This Season
While there are concerns about the virus reaching Europe, Professor Ian Jones from the University of Reading suggests that the UK may avoid the outbreak this season due to geographical separation. Despite the potential safety net, the WHO has requested further information from China regarding the outbreak, including data on other known pathogens and the impact on healthcare systems.