There’s a new mosquito borne virus haunting the air waves these days: the Zika virus. The bug has become the media’s scary virus of choice this season, which means it’s everywhere, both on and off the air. Of course, with every new illness that crops up, there’s a focus more on terrifying audience than there is in, say, informing the public. Is the Zika Virus coming to get you while you sleep? Or is it just a flavor of the month flu? Read on to find out.
1. The World Health Organization Is Legitimately Concerned
On Monday, February 1, the World Health Organization declared a “public health emergency of international concern” in regards to the recent rapid spread of the Zika virus and the potential for serious harm that the disease may cause. Given that there is currently no vaccination for the disease and that the Zika virus may cover an incredibly wide geographic swath, the WHO has advised caution when it comes to visiting the infected nations … okay, that sounds just flat-out scary, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.