Is Hantavirus a threat as another pandemic?


 On Monday, 23 March 2020, a man died in China, who was tested positive for Hantavirus. This man died while traveling on a bus to the Shandong province. The other passengers on the bus were also tested for the virus. But none of them were found infected by this virus.

             This Hantavirus has symptoms include fever, muscle ache, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, abdominal problems, and chills. Because the disease causes our lungs to fill with liquid, it can cause coughing and shortness of breath. 

             This news was leading people to panic because many people believe in articles and posts on social media, which are portraiting it as another pandemic virus. But in actuality, there is no need to worry about this virus. 

            There is indeed no specific treatment or vaccine for this virus, but there is hope for the infected people who are recognized in the earlier stage of this virus by giving them intensive medical care. The main reason that makes it not a threat as the novel coronavirus is that it can only spread by close contact with rodent saliva, urine or droppings, that’s why there are rare cases of Hantavirus. But there is a possibility of person to person transmission of this virus, but only if a person is in close contact with the person who is infected by a type of Hantavirus called Andes virus. For a good comparison between Hantavirus and coronavirus, we can see their no. of cases in the United States. According to CDC data, there were only 728 cases of Hantavirus from 1993 to 2017 in the United States, and according to a Johns Hopkins university tracker, there have been 46,805 confirmed cases of coronavirus since late January. 

          By seeing this big difference between these two viruses, we should not worry or panic about Hantavirus; instead, we should focus on fighting against coronavirus by following the rules. These rules are nothing compared to peoples like medical staff who are working so hard in this situation and people who are working day and night studying coronavirus to get rid of it. They have even come up with the new studies of coronavirus like how long does this virus remains on surfaces made from a variety of materials. According to the education, this virus can stay on plastic and stainless steel up to 3 days, on cardboard up to 1 day, and cooper up to 4 hours. 

        Therefore it’s essential to clean our surroundings with diluted household alcohol solutions or bleach solutions, and don’t forget to wash your hands with soap or sanitize it and be safe.