In 1997 a 3-year old boy in Hong Kong died after being the first known person to contract the avian flu. Originally only known to affect birds, the word quickly spread, and the Chinese killed 1.5 million chickens. By the end of the year, there had only been 18 known human cases of the new flu strain. The virus was so easily contained because it was usually deadly and made those infected extremely sick. This made quarantining the sick easier, and it gave it less time to spread. The new coronavirus has a mortality rate of less than 2%, meaning those who have it are often walking around for a few days spreading the virus to everyone else. At this rate, it isn’t a matter of if you will contract the virus, but when.