What's the most dangerous disease? Hint: It's not novel coronavirus

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05 May 2021

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What would be the answer to the following quiz:

"Today the disease X is the biggest infectious killer. Bacteria cause it and it most often affects the lungs. Disease X is spread through the air when people cough or sneeze. A person needs to inhale only a few germs to become infected. What is X?"

Most probably, nine out of ten people will say today that it is the coronavirus disease. However, it is not. It is … tuberculosis. And it is indeed the biggest killer even today.

As of September 7, more than 890,000 people have died from coronavirus related illnesses. According to some estimates, the total death toll from that disease this year perhaps would reach 1.4 million, or 17.9 people per 100,000 populations, which is a big number.


But let's have a look at other reasons on which people die these days.

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