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INFLUENZA coming from medieval Latin meaning ‘(astrological) influence (of the stars)’ was first recorded by Hippocrates in 412 B.C.E. The first pandemic was in 1580 C.E. The most recent were Spanish ’flu in 1918, Asian Flu in 1957, Hong Kong Flu in 1967, and Swine Flu in 2009. The cold-weather Annual Seasonal Flu is a mild illness common worldwide.

A new virus strain SARS-Cov-2A leading to the disease COVID-19 has appeared in China possibly contracted by humans from live animals at a market in Wuhan. Previous outbreaks, SARS and MERS came from bats, via civet cats and camels respectively. The virus can be de-activated by a 70%-alcohol sanitary handwash solution.

This is the view from a rural community in Herefordshire, England. Recording facts about the pandemic as it happens from information sources worldwide.


Barry Sharples, 2020.