What you need to know about the seemingly never-ending bird flu outbreak

Published March 14, 2023


Thomas Russo tells SELF that since the H5N1 virus (also known as bird flu) has efficiently infected a range of other animals, it could theoretically evolve to become good at spreading among humans. In the worst-case scenario, this would lead to a situation similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, with large swaths of the population infected with a virus that scientists would need to scramble to treat. The articles summarized, however, that there’s zero evidence that humans can spread the virus to other humans. 

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