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Monday, April 27, 2009

It's all a matter of perspective...

Well the big uproar today is the Swine Flu. I read that 80 people in Mexico had died. I could not find a figure on how many cases had been reported. Before your butt starts to work buttonholes over this, lets look back through history at a few notable pandemics:

Hong Kong Flu - 1968-69 - 34,000 dead in the Untied States.
Asian Flu - 1957-58 - 70,000 dead in the United States.
Spanish Flu - 1918-19 - 675,000 dead in the United States.

Now that sounds like a lot of dead people and I'm sure things were pretty bad during those outbreaks, BUT WAIT!

Let's take a look farther back through history.

Smallpox - During the first part of the 20th century it is estimated that smallpox killed between 300 and 500 million people. Of course it has been pretty much eradicated today.

Cholera - In the 19th century this disease killed about 40 million people in India alone. Many other pandemics and deaths occurred worldwide.

Typhoid Fever - 430 B.C. The disease killed over a quarter of the population of Athens, Greece, over a period of 4 years. It is thought that the disease was responsible for reducing Athens' influence as a world power at the time.

The Bubonic Plague, the Black Death - 541-750 A.D. also known as the Plague of Justinian. It started in the middle east, wiped out 40 percent of the population of Constantinople, 50 percent of the population of Europe, and 25 percent of the population of the known world. In 1348, the Black Death killed a third of the population of Europe.

So there ya go. Can you imagine the terror endured by the people during the dark ages as a third to half of their population died horrible deaths? Back then they didn't even know how or why! Today, plague is completely treatable and preventable. Typhoid is almost unheard of. Smallpox has been eradicated. Even viral illnesses such as flu have been diminished through effective antiviral drugs and vaccines.

So as the mainstream media and the federal gubment start to hit the panic button and encourage you to live in abject fear over the swine flu, just remember to keep everything in perspective.

Stay safe, stay healthy, eat right, and follow your doctor's advice.

When the swine flu has passed and it turns out not to be near the disaster it was forecast to be, Barack Obama and the gubment will no doubt take the credit and try again to make you believe that your very existence depends on the almighty federal gubment taking care of you!

Don't fall for it!

1 comment:

  1. Nice. I did something similar when the bird/avian flu scare hit in 2006 I think.

    Debbie Hamilton
    Right Truth