An outbreak of Coronavirus sickened 1,300 and killed 54 worldwide. Apple pledges to support groups on the ground dealing with the disease.
By Chand Bellur
January 25, 2020 at 8:58 p.m. PDT
Apple Will Donate to Coronavirus Relief
Coronavirus is a category of viruses, many of which cause disease in humans and animals. Currently, an outbreak in China has raised concerns of a larger, global pandemic.
Worldwide concern of an outbreak is prompting travel restrictions, event cancellations and other contingency plans. China, ground zero for the outbreak, is most affected by the disease. Containing coronavirus is a top priority for the Chinese government, with closures and fear overshadowing Lunar New Year celebrations.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter today:
“As people in China and around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, we send our love and support to the many impacted by the Coronavirus. Apple will be donating to groups on the ground helping support all of those affected.”
Apple has issued no further statements about specific donation allocations. Being a recent outbreak, it may take time for such a large organization to respond.
Coronavirus Reality Check
Although the latest outbreak of coronavirus has sickened 1300 and killed 54, the actual strain only kills about 2% of the infected. Most suffer a mild cough, with the disease being no worse than the common cold.
This new strain of coronavirus, although previously unknown, is not as deadly as SARS, which killed approximately 10% of those sickened. Concerns that this new type of coronavirus could cause a world wide pandemic are unfounded. As with many new events, fear can often precede understanding.
Fears of a coronavirus pandemic have impacted the stock market and affected behavior worldwide. People have died and become sick, however, the common flu kills more people than this strain of coronavirus. Influenza killed 61,000 people in the United States from 2017 – 2018 and 34,200 last year, according to CDC statistics.
The Chinese government’s proactive containment of the disease is necessary given their large, dense population. Between a prompt response and low mortality rates, this strain of coronavirus will likely prove uneventful.
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