As the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to cause chaos across the world, many questions arise. For example, if I have been personally affected by the virus can I sue China? The reasoning is that it is personal injury. This article and subsequent ones will look at reports regarding issues relating to suing China for COVID-19.
According to Web MD COVID-19 is short for coronavirus disease 2019. A corona virus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinus or upper throat. They are called coronavirus because under a microscope they look like a crown. COVID-19 is a disease that can cause respiratory tract infection. It affects your upper respiratory tract – that is sinuses, nose and throat, or lower respiratory tract – windpipe and lungs. The virus spread quickly around the world because of the way in which it is spread. It is mainly spread through person-to-person contact and infections range from mild to serious. COVID-19 is one of seven types of coronavirus.
Coronaviruses have led to serious outbreaks:
- Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) – about 858 people died from MERS, which appeared in Saudi Arabia. It then spread to other countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) – in 2003, 774 people died from an outbreak.
According to an article by War On The Rocks, China is legally responsible for the damage caused by COVID-19. The article highlights how the coronavirus incubated in Wuhan from mid-December to mid-January. It further alleges how the Chinese government reacted to the surfacing of the virus. It also notes how China failed to share important information with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the virus. By February 14, 1,700 health workers were infected. The article notes similarities in China’s response to that of the SARS Outbreak 18 years earlier.