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Chinese Scientists Identify New Strain of Flu With 'Pandemic Potential', Because 2020 Shows No Mercy

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Miscellaneous | June 30, 2020 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Miscellaneous | June 30, 2020 |

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2020, am I right? I know that we as embittered adult human flesh-bags are now used to declaring every year to be the worst year ever because we’ve been deprived of our rose-tinted childlike innocence, but you have to admit that 2020 has been the epitome of Hold My Beer in almost every way. I blame Cats. It must have opened up some sort of hell-portal.

We’re still dealing with COVID-19, or at least some of us are. Others have basically decided that a literal pandemic that has killed at least 505,000 people is no big whoop right now because they want to go get their hair done and face masks infringe on their freedoms. Shock horror, that’s not how pandemics work, people. But don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll all learn from our mistakes and be more vigilant in the future. Humility has to kick in at some point, right? Well…

As reported by the BBC, scientists in China have identified a ‘new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic.’ Yup, ANOTHER F**KING ONE OF THESE IS OUT THERE! Come on, universe, you barely gave us time to prepare for the murder hornets. Wait, are they still a problem we need to be concerned about? I honestly have no idea what’s going on anymore. Time and space have no meaning.

This new strain of flu emerged recently and is carried by pigs but it can infect humans. Researchers claim that it could mutate further and spread quickly from person to person because we could have little to no immunity to it. This new strain is reportedly similar in nature to swine flu, which was the last flu pandemic we dealt with in 2009. That outbreak proved less deadly than feared in large part because many older people were somewhat immune to it because it was so similar to other flu viruses that had spread over the years. So, maybe we’ll be OK? Possibly? It might be fine?

What hasn’t been ticked off the 2020 calamity bingo card yet? Vampire apocalypse? Mothra? The return of New Coke? Place your bets now!

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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