Dubbed “the virus that should never have been created”, an extremely deadly modification of the H5N1 Bird Flu virus has been developed in a laboratory.
The most frightening aspect of the virus is the ease in which it spreads. It can travel in the air and people coming into contact with those already infected are certain to catch it.
Scientists not sure whether to publish doomsday virus recipe
If it isn’t enough to make such a deadly virus to begin with, the scientists who created it are ready to publish the procedure in a scientific journal for the whole world to see. They’re ready to reveal their findings, but not sure if they should.
Half of human race to die
Scientists predict it could kill half the human population, or 3.5 billion people, if it is released from the laboratory.
Those of us alive now are lucky to be born at a time when most of the world’s lethal diseases have been virtually eradicated. Smallpox spans back to 10,000 B.C. and is responsible for 500 million deaths in the 20th century alone. Through vaccination, it was certified eradicated by the World Health Organization in 1979.
Why the virus is so deadly
One reason why the new virus is so deadly is because the human race has never had any time to develop immunity against it. As mentioned before, smallpox came about in 10,000 B.C. Other diseases, like measles and cholera, have been around for centuries as well. When these diseases first spread, the death count was catastrophic. The few humans to survive were the ones that had natural immunity against the virus, which they passed on to their children. Those that did not have immunity died, and could not pass on their weak genes.
If this new doomsday virus were to be released, our generation would be the unfortunate first wave to experience it. That means widespread death and very low odds of survival for you and everyone else.