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World ready for outbreak?

In 1918, an influenza epidemic killed 100 million people. What would happen if another massive outbreak occurred today?

What would happen if an outbreak struck the United States today?

No country on Earth is fully equipped to handle a pandemic, according to an October 2019 report from GHSI. An infectious diseases expert broke down why the United States is falling behind — and how this could be catastrophic. A pandemic is the spread of disease across a whole country or the globe. The 1918 influenza pandemic is the deadliest on record, killing nearly 100 million worldwide. If an influenza pandemic began in the U.S. today, the response would be messy.

Similar reports and other evaluations have shown that the world isn't ready

“We haven't had a pandemic in many years. But if that happens, how does that impact things beyond the health sector. You do see unfortunately a lot of people who might have severe illness. Some people will die. And the larger that event becomes, of course, the more people will get involved. If there's a large influenza, say, outbreak in the United States, that starts to spread. We're not going to have options to protect people fully through a vaccine. Well, the first thing is we wouldn't necessarily know right when it happens. Right. A lot of things that cause panic. What we think cause pandemics like viruses, they look like things like the common cold,”

There's this change in human behavior that can happen

Despite advancements in technology healthcare communication, Shahpar says even the threat of outbreak can be as bad as the illness itself. The U.S. was ranked no.1 overall in the global readiness index out of 195 countries — with a score of 83 out of 100. But the few areas where the U.S. lost points could prove to be pivotal to combating an outbreak. The first week of an influenza outbreak in the U.S. today would be the most pivotal. After an initial outbreak, the consequences will bleed into more aspects of daily society. Despite the U.S. being better equipped than other nations to handle the logistics of an outbreak, the one field the U.S. is lagging in could prove to be the most important.

Brut.

12/28/2019 11:19 AM

17 comments

  • Jovita A.
    01/29/2020 06:15

    Lord please protect us

  • Naku E.
    01/26/2020 18:27

    People that can't afford to go to the Dr would just continue to spread the virus. Some would even say it's fake news

  • Andres L.
    01/26/2020 07:36

    Might be a case here in Lakewood Colorado seen it on the News

  • Scott Y.
    01/26/2020 07:31

    Easy question. Peace.

  • Kilael M.
    01/26/2020 04:59

    Uh... It did? Reported cases in California and North Carolina.

  • Kaitlyn T.
    01/25/2020 23:15

    I just got over having influenza B, never had it before this year, I tell you what it is a hell of a sickness

  • Larry T.
    01/24/2020 13:47

    Let's spread panic .it's a fear campaign .

  • Walter B.
    01/24/2020 09:50

    Let's send another Rocket to the Mars instead. ..not...we have enough problems here,work together and solve them.

  • Alhan Z.
    01/24/2020 08:28

    Vian Murrad

  • Errico M.
    01/23/2020 22:31

    It's, it's hit America...

  • Pamela C.
    01/13/2020 01:30

    I lost my great grandmother and a great uncle during the 1918 flu outbreak. It's not a scam, it's real life. I've never had a flu shot.

  • Leslie H.
    01/07/2020 18:06

    Honestly it's all garbage to get people to go and get the flu shot which more than what 60% of the time doesn't even work because the influenza strand can change and mutate. 🤣🙄🙄🙄 go big pharma, thanks for creating problems with you solutions🤢🤮

  • David D.
    01/07/2020 15:28

    Praise big pharma

  • Leo L.
    01/06/2020 01:32

    *watches as I suffer from the flu*

  • Sally S.
    01/02/2020 03:08

    Start freaking out, that sounds good.

  • Justin L.
    12/28/2019 13:17

    History channel says 20 to 50 million! Can u please give us the sources u used to come up with 100,000,000?

  • Phoenix L.
    12/28/2019 11:26

    But that's exactly what the world leaders are asking for . to depopulate the world .

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