How would the emergence of a virus like SARS-CoV-2 in late 1999 and the resulting havoc across the globe have been different from the OTL pandemic? What would the disease have been called? Pathogen naming conventions were changed a few years before the COVID-19 outbreak, so it probably wouldn’t have been called COVID-99. With computer technology not being as advanced, working from home would not have caught on in the same way or have even been possible for many professions. Online learning wouldn’t have been possible for students either. How significantly would this increase cases and deaths? Y2K conspiracy theories would take off like a rocket as the onset of a pandemic as the new millennium dawns would feed into end of the world fears. There would also be repercussions for the 2000 US presidential election- if the Clinton administration handles it well then Gore could get enough of a boost to win by a decent margin.