News about the spreading Coronavirus born in China had my heart skipping a beat. For some reason it reached dark hidden-fears inside of me that I didn’t even know existed. Maybe I’ve just been reading too many Stephen King books lately. Like “The Stand” where a man-made virus escapes into the population nearly wiping out our species. Or maybe because today, a world-wide pandemic could be just a matter of time?
After all, highly contagious runaway super-virus’ have happened many times in our past history and history does have a way of repeating itself. And today’s more adaptive diseases have new and evolving mutating powers which make them more deadlier than ever before.
As of this post date, the Coronavirus death toll is relatively small and limited (so far) to China, the country where the disease was born. Unlike the 2003 SARS outbreak that quickly spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before it was contained. That (again?) was a China born virus, infecting over 8,000 people and killing almost 800 reportedly in 37 different countries.
Yet these are small potatoes compared to plagues of yore. The worst being the Black Plague or Bubonic plague — killing some 75 million world wide from 1330 to 1700.
Yes we are much more prepared to handle virus outbreaks today. Past experience and modern medical technologies have us well equipped — so the World Health Organization (WHO) likes us to believe. But contagious diseases also have benefited from our technologies. Air travel can send an infected person to the other side of the world in a matter of hours. Or many infected to multiple countries in a blink of an eye.
Even more concerning is that modern virus diseases are mostly immune to current medications, having evolved resistance and adaptability in their mutations. Vaccines for these new virus-based outbreaks are nonexistent and would take years of study and testing to become available. So yes it’s scary when a new super-virus begins to spread in a country it was born. — And even scarier, when it escapes globally!
HERE AT HOME
Canadian news today had our Countries Health Care representative’s on, trying their best to soothe our concerns by telling us how ready and prepared they were. That they were monitoring the situation and hospitals here have been briefed and are ready. Ready? What, we’re ready when it gets here? What if anything are we doing to prevent it from getting here? Shouldn’t our borders be closed to those from the infected countries? At least until the virus is well contained you’d think?
Am I the only one feeling these concerns? Oh they got airports scanning for fevers and request you fill out forms stating if you’ve been feeling ill lately. Big hairy deal! You think people are going to volunteer that information risking non-entry? And fever doesn’t indicate whether you’re a carrier or not.
With all the talk about how our hospitals are ready and the paltry precautions their taking at the airports, isn’t that an indication that even they believe that yes, soon enough, the virus WILL BE HERE!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Is it only a matter of time that a Stephen King-like world-wide pandemic scenario plays out for real? Will one day, another Black Plague be born, sweeping death uncontrollably across our planet?
What about you? Are you concerned about future runaway plagues?
Shouldn’t we be doing more at first signs of an outbreak? Like quarantining the entire country immediately?
What do you Think?
THE WORD OF WAYNE
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