President Trump’s decision to throw out the Obama Administration pandemic playbook, the late pandemic response combined with his contempt for science, and the result could lead to the death of 89% of the global population.
Since the first atomic bombs were used against Japan in 1945 to end World War II, the human race’s biggest fear has been the danger of mankind wiping itself from existence in an all-out nuclear war. Yet, the outbreak of Covid-19 has reminded the world’s scientists and medical experts that there is a more significant danger to humanity’s existence.
What Bill Gates is afraid of
Covid-19, while extremely infectious, only kills approximately 5% of those who contract the virus. The virus SARS, however, is capable of killing 50% of those who are infected. Keeping that in mind, many scientists and medical research experts believe there may be thousands of viruses that could potentially be released by wet food markets, bat caves, research facilities, and industrial food producers around the world that could be more infectious than Covid-19 and even more deadly than SARS.
The next epidemic could wipe us out
Imagine a world with 7.8 billion people suddenly being hit with a deadly virus that it can’t control? It’s the stuff of science fiction short stories, books, TV shows and even movies becoming a reality. Here in the United States, the danger is exacerbated by the ignorance of an anti-science President who clearly has a mental disorder, a criminal and pathological liar incapable of re-establishing either the pandemic playbook or early warning and response office.
Simply wishing these fears to go way in a world so globally and economically intertwined that a virus can go rampant in a mere number of days. Today’s pandemics can criss-cross the globe as quickly as an intercontinental flight from China to the United States. There were 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump enacted his travel restrictions at the coronavirus’s beginning. Since then, some 40,000 travelers made the trip from China to the United States. It only takes one infected passenger.
To say this can never happen is to be fool hearty and ignorant. Plague, one of the deadliest bacterial infections in human history, caused an estimated 50 million deaths in Europe during the Middle Ages when it was known as the Black Death. Though rare and now treatable with antibiotics, the disease is still around today -- cases have been recorded in China and the United States as recently as this year.
While a vaccine does now exist for the Black Death Plague, we see firsthand from COVID-19 the time frame it takes researchers to isolate a safe vaccine. If this current virus was as potent as the plague and our population density unlimited travel restrictions, mankind could be talking deaths in the 10s of millions by this time.
The epidemics’ estimated speed, coupled with what we know about the plague’s biology, suggested that the plague did not spread primarily through human-to-human contact during these centuries. Instead, growth rates for early and late epidemics are more consistent with bubonic plague, transmitted by the bites of infected fleas, the researchers said.
Researchers believe that factors including population density, living conditions, and cooler temperatures could go toward explaining the acceleration of the disease in London -- and could help with our understanding of modern pandemics, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.
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