Closing Thought–18Mar20

By now everyone should be in a lather over the virus that is raging….but how does it compare to other pandemics…..leave it to the Old Professor to inject some history into this thing…..

When a mysterious new coronavirus started to spread out of Wuhan, China, last year, fear began to grow that it would turn into a new global pandemic.

Now, months after reports of an outbreak began, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has infected nearly 100,000 and killed just over 3,300 people around the world — a rapid spread in which some historians see parallels to deadly historical diseases.

Graham Mooney, a medical historian at Johns Hopkins University, told Futurism that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak bears a number of striking similarities to past outbreaks like Smallpox and Ebola — and especially to the Spanish flu pandemic that killed tens of millions around the world during the years between 1918 and 1922.

What were the worse pandemics…..

  • HIV/AIDS Pandemic (at its peak, 2005-2012) Death Toll: 36 million. …
  • Flu Pandemic (1968) …
  • Asian Flu (1956-1958) …
  • Flu Pandemic (1918) …
  • Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910-1911) …
  • Flu Pandemic (1889-1890) …
  • Third Cholera Pandemic (1852–1860) …
  • The Black Death (1346-1353)
  • More……

Scientists and medical researchers have for years have differed over the exact definition of a pandemic (is it a pandemic, or an epidemic), but one thing everyone agrees on is that the word describes the widespread occurrence of disease, in excess of what might normally be expected in a geographical region.

Cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza are some of the most brutal killers in human history. And outbreaks of these diseases across international borders, are properly defined as pandemic, especially smallpox, which throughout history, has killed between 300-500 million people in its 12,000 year existence.

Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History

In the US since 1918’s Spanish Flu…..

And then there are those that say we are making too much of this virus…..

As a longtime health care reporter, the unfolding coronavirus pandemic represents everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime.

And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu.

“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on March 9. “It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

Class Dismissed!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

2 thoughts on “Closing Thought–18Mar20

  1. It is the fear of the unknown that is generating so much panic. At the moment, we are more likely to die in a car accident driving to the shops to panic-buy toilet rolls.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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