Pandemics and epidemics are nothing new; the only constant seems to be that we are never adequately prepared for them. The “expert doctors” can’t seem to agree on symptoms, courses of action, which vitamins help, and what to do about social interactions. That’s just one reason why pandemics like COVID-19 persist. It’s like eggs; we better enjoy them today because next week another panel of “experts” will say they’re killing us.
Reasons why Pandemics Persist
- The virus is easily transmissible in the air we breath and the surfaces we touch. We are highly-mobile lifeforms.
- It may take several waves to create a herd immunity.
- Vaccines, like any prescription medicine, take time to develop and will likely not create 100% immunity from the virus. While it’s being worked on, the virus is mutating; it is a moving target.
- The various government entities (federal, state, county, city) don’t coordinate or play well together.
- Citizens are advised to self-quarantine, but groups like Antifa and BLM use the situation to get up in everyone’s faces and cause chaos and confusion and push radical agendas.
- Many individuals and even entire communities don’t take it seriously. They may continue to spread it as others curtail it. Don’t be a jobbernowl; put on the damn mask already!
- People get tired of lockdowns and closed businesses. They get cabin fever and let their guard down. The case-count goes back up.
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Pandemics and Epidemics Throughout History
- Prehistoric epidemic: Circa 3000 B.C.: China.
- Plague of Athens: 430 B.C. (maybe typhoid or ebola).
- Antonine Plague: A.D. 165-180: Roman Empire (thought to be smallpox).
- Plague of Cyprian: A.D. 250-271 (cause unknown; Cyprian wrote, “The bowels, relaxed into a constant flux, discharge the bodily strength [and] a fire originated in the marrow ferments into wounds of the fauces (an area of the mouth).”
- Plague of Justinian: A.D. 541-542: (Byzantine Empire; bubonic plague).
- The Black Death: 1346-1353: (Asia to Europe; caused by a strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis spread by fleas on infected rodents).
- Cocoliztli epidemic: 1545-1548: (Mexico and Central America; caused by subspecies of Salmonella known as S. paratyphi C, causes enteric fever, a category of fever that includes typhoid).
- American Plagues: 16th century: (caused by an assortment of of Eurasian diseases including smallpox. There goes those privileged white imperialists again)!
- Great Plague of London: 1665-1666: (the Black Death again; transmitted by plague-infected rodents).
- Great Plague of Marseille: 1720-1723: (a plague brought by a ship with fleas on plague-infected rodents).
- Russian plague: 1770-1772: (another plague).
- Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic: 1793: (transmitted by mosquitoes; the “experts” at the time wrongly believed that slaves were immune).
- Flu pandemic: 1889-1890: (worldwide; killed ~1 million people).
- American polio epidemic: 1916: (started in New York City; flared up intermittently until 1954 when the Salk vaccine was developed).
- Spanish Flu: 1918-1920: (worldwide; ~500 million people died).
- Asian Flu: 1957-1958: (worldwide, started in China, sound familiar? Killed over than 1.1 million).
- AIDS pandemic and epidemic: 1981-present day: (worldwide; 35 million deaths so far).
- H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic: 2009-2010: (worldwide; between 151,700 and 575,400 dead says the “experts” at the CDC; can you narrow that down a bit, fellas?).
- West African Ebola epidemic: 2014-2016: (primarily in West Africa with 28,600 reported cases and 11,325 deaths).
- Zika Virus epidemic: 2015-present day: (primarily in South America and Central America; spread through mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, but can also be sexually transmitted).
- COVID-19 pandemic: December 2019-present: (worldwide; originated in China).
To do your part to slow or stop COVID-19 from persisting, keep your guard up, self-quarantine, and wear a mask (we can discus the constitutionality of it later). In short, you don’t have to live off the grid, just use common sense.
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About the Author:
Kelly R. Smith is an Air Force veteran and was a commercial carpenter for 20 years before returning to night school at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. After working at NASA for a few years, he went on to develop software for the transportation, financial, and energy-trading industries. He has been writing, in one capacity or another, since he could hold a pencil. As a freelance writer now, he specializes in producing articles and blog content for a variety of clients. His personal blog is at I Can Fix Up My Home Blog where he muses on many different topics.