Sunday, March 4, 2012

13 Flu Pandemic Not If But When

The average American is a wimp when it comes to facing some problems. One of these is epidemics.
The Department of Health and Human Services has a fact sheet available on their site called, "The Next Flu Epidemic: What To Expect". 

Don't hide your head under the covers, this information from the DHHS will still be waiting when you come out for air:

"A flu pandemic could touch us all
A flu (influenza) pandemic is an outbreak caused by a new human flu virus that spreads around the world. Because the pandemic flu virus will be new to people, many people could get very sick or could die. Seasonal flu shots do not protect people from pandemic flu.

It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN
Flu pandemics have happened throughout history. They occur from time to time, and some are worse than others.

Three flu pandemics happened in the 1900s. Near the end of World War I, the 1918 Flu Pandemic was the most severe flu pandemic of the century. It killed about 675,000 in the United States and between 20 to 50 million people around the world.

If you check your family's history, you may find how your family was affected at that time. Almost everyone was touched in some way by the 1918 Flu Pandemic. Other flu pandemics in the 1900s were less severe."

This is the end of the Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet in this post.

Public health experts say it's not a matter of IF a flu pandemic will happen, but WHEN. We cannot predict when the next flu pandemic will happen.

This is not my personal opinion. It is the view of experts who work all the time dealing with disease and its spread and prevention. They are addressing only flu epidemics in this fact sheet, but that does not mean that epidemics will be limited to flu pandemics. Please apply this information to other kinds of pandemics, and protect your life and the lives of your loved ones.

I do not know why people are such weenies about facing up to this reality. It is especially popular to joke about people who accept pandemic as a fact of life as if they are strange or crazy. I suspect that it is a way people use to protect themselves from facing something they are afraid of. Denying the existence of pandemic, as a reality that we must deal with, is not a helpful approach. It can kill you.

In order to solve a problem you must first admit that the problem exists. This is true for a pandemic crisis. If you wish to be prepared for emergencies, pandemic disaster must be part of that preparedness. 

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