In this feature article, presented by the Wall Street Journal, we understand how Scientists had been prepared to see a deadly virus rock the world and its economy: A pathogen that would be born in animals, spread to humans and do so silently making it impossible to track. This disease on scientists’ drawing boards was labeled Disease X.
Here we are, August 2020, and the world has been engulfed in the Coronavirus, or as scientists liked to call it before COVID-19 struck: Disease X. Coronavirus has left almost 21 million people around the world infected and amounting a death toll of 760,000 (Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center). If the scientists around the world recognized PPE was critical to stopping a Disease X like virus, why weren’t our governments prepared? Read this feature article from the Wall Street Journal to dive into the full story.