Z8CupCPhPz6uSom4GYLkt5-1024-80It’s been six months since China first reported a cluster of mysterious pneumonia cases in the city of Wuhan.

The culprit became known as “SARS-CoV-2,” a new virus that had hopped from a still-unknown animal to humans, spreading across the globe like wildfire. The virus has now reached every continent except Antarctica, devastating remote Indigenous populations in the Amazon and spreading in African countries already devastated by other pathogens.

In that time, SARS-CoV-2 has caused at least 10.4 million infections worldwide and killed more than 500,000 people. As the virus spread, health care workers scrambled for personal protective equipment, sick patients overwhelmed hospitals and the weaknesses in societies were revealed. …..more