Tag: Spanish flu
According to history, it is the pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide where about one-third of the planet’s population and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans.
It originally came from Europe and spread to the United States and parts of Asia before making it at almost any point in the world.
Like any other flu, it attacks the respiratory system, highly contagious and is easily spread through coughing, sneezing, getting droplets from an infected person and sometimes, it can travel a good amount of distance when it is suspended in the air.
How it was treated back then is the very exact method we are doing right now, the non-pharmaceutical methods such as social distancing (traditional way), closure of non-essential places and ban on public gatherings.
In 2008, researchers announced they’d discovered what made the 1918 flu so deadly: A group of three genes enabled the virus to weaken a victim’s bronchial tubes and lungs and clear the way for bacterial pneumonia.
Currently, COVID-19 poses a good enough threat to mankind like the Spanish flu did back then. However, with better communications, experiences and more advanced knowledge/technology/experts we have, there is no doubt that humanity can survive this one.
Over Easter, I posted this to Facebook:
Today is humanity’s annual reminder that the case fatality rate for life is 100%. By all and any various means, each of us will die, and no mitigation measure or scientific breakthrough will allow any of us to escape this result. There is, however, a whisper of a ‘cure,’ a rumor, if you will, of a Doctor who licked Death, and now offers his own antibodies to those who seek Him. This is your annual reminder that many who seek claim they have found and now feel they have Good reason to Hope. … continue reading...
If you read my posts on the topic of the coronavirus so far… and I mean all of them, not just cherry picking them… I think you will find that I have attempted consistently to apportion my viewpoint to the actual facts on the ground and have, in the main, pretty well correctly described what was happening and what would happen. However, my relative ‘optimism’ is not accounted for merely by reference to the fact pattern associated with COVID-19. There are reasons besides, as well, which I’d like to share with you in this post.
In the first place, there … continue reading...