Elite in Davos warn about ‘Disease X’ pandemic

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World leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday to discuss Disease X, a hypothetical virus 20 times deadlier than COVID-19.

While such a virus isn’t known to currently exist, researchers, scientists and experts are hoping to proactively come up with a plan of action to combat such a virus and prepare the health system if it were to emerge as a pandemic — a possibility one expert told CBS News could happen sooner than we think.

“There are strains of viruses that have very high mortality rates that could develop the ability to transmit efficiently from human to human,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

In 2022, the World Health Organization brought together 300 scientists to look into 25 virus families and bacteria to create a list of pathogens that they believe have the potential to wreak havoc and should be studied more. Included on that list is Disease X, which was first recognized by the organization in 2018.

The WHO says the virus “represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by [an unknown] pathogen.”

Read more at CBSnews.com

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