100 Year Anniversary of the Flu Pandemic

Posted in Germ Fighting Life, Getting Sick, Uncategorized on Jun 16, 2018

It has been 100 years since the world has seen a deadly pandemic on the level of the Spanish Flu of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide. Most of the deaths were caused by a secondary bacterial pneumonia. The Spanish Flu was caused by an H1N1 virus with avian origin. For reasons still unknown, this particular flu had a higher death rate among the young and healthy.

In 2009, there was an outbreak of H1N1 originating with swine, better known as the Swine Flu. This pandemic killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide, with the majority of deaths in underdeveloped countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. Again, the majority of deaths were in younger populations under the age of 65. Although antibiotics have some drawbacks and side effects, they saved countless lives by treating the potentially deadly secondary infections.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the world could go another 100 years without the emergence of another deadly pandemic? This is where the “germ fighting” process comes in. The most effective way to stop the spread of germs is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Avoid touching your face, especially in public places where your hands are likely to come into contact with contaminated surfaces.

Be aware. Be safe. Stay healthy.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/1918-pandemic-history.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3180813/

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/pandemic-global-estimates.htm

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/frequently_asked_questions/pandemic/en/

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