Bioterrorism: Past, Present and Future
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 3189-3196
AbstractBackground: In late December 2019 a previously unknown pneumonia causing virus began rapidly spreading around the world. The disease was officially named as Corona virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19, by WHO on February 11, 2020). It is also named as Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens on January 15, 2019 by the Taiwan CDC, the Minisry of Health and is a notifiable communicable disease of the fifth category.
Summary: The Corona virus is an invisible foe. The world has seen- in many instances- such pathogens being used as biological warfare for the purpose of authoritative supremacy by terrorising adversaries in wars in past like the infamous anthrax mail in used by Al-Quieda in The United States, the unforgivable doings of whom no person can ever forget. The possibility of Corona virus being used as a weapon naturally arises. Terrorists are 'hydra headed monsters': chop one head off, another head pops up; unknowingly and unpredictabily making the attacks so unanticipated. This makes the management and mitigation of the safety of people difficult. With advances in technology and information in hands, the world is trying to make sense of the risk of biological ordnances
Conclusion: People have taken primary safety in their hands. But we as a nation have to go a long way to tackle this and develop advanced action plans while keeping us and everyone around us safe. Like John Donne once said, "no organism is an island, entire of itself but a piece of continent, a part of a whole." With us facing the ongoing pandemic, the world is ready to have a much, much richer understanding of humble pathogens in all it's complexity and learn from it.
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