Viral diseases have been in existence since time immemorial and we, human beings have been combating them for eons. With the advent of modern scientific, technological and medicinal advancements, we have thrashed some of the deadly viruses which have surfaced earlier. However, there is no end to new viral diseases, as new virulent strains make their way to the atmosphere through mutations, among which some of them may wreck havoc.
There are innumerable viral diseases that hit individuals and adversely impact them in several ways. Of these, the most easily treated is the common cold virus, while the deadliest one is SARS Cov-2, or Coronavirus, which has upended numerous lives since the year 2020. With that being said, let us now jump to the list of some most fatal and deadly diseases which can even claim a person’s life.
- Coronavirus: Well, this respiratory ailment is so severe and catastrophic that it does not even need an introduction, as it has engulfed the entire world in its havoc from the past one and a half years. To define it in simpler terms, it is an ailment that affects one’s respiratory system gravely and can occur at mild, moderate, and severe infection rates. Immediate circumspection and treatment are required when suffering from this disease, else it culminates in the death of an individual. To add to the woes, the Sars Cov-2 virus mutates at a rapid pace and is diagnosed often at a later stage.
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: It is a resultant of the Novel Coronavirus itself, which surfaces due to a different virus mutation. It was discovered in the year 2012, infecting 2499 people and causing the deaths of 861 people globally, as reported by the WHO. Also, its mortality rate was greater than that of Covid-19, around 37.2%.
- Ebola virus: Breaking out in the Republic of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it sent chills down the spines of doctors and scientists working around the world. Purportedly, it spreads through coming in contact with blood or other body fluids of the infected person or animal. It recorded a fatality rate of around 50%.