How Humanity will survive COVID-19
Between 1918 and 1919, the world witnessed one of its deadliest pandemics. Spanish influenza it’s called, and it was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. The origin of the flu is not ascertained, but it indeed spread worldwide. A look into how we survived this deadly pandemic will give us insight on how Humanity will survive COVID-19.
About one-third of the world’s population then was infected with the virus, and the number of death was put to be around 50 million worldwide.
In December 2019 Chinese authorities detected a new outbreak of coronavirus disease in its Wuhan province.
The new coronavirus, officially called SARS-CoV-2, causes the disease COVID-19.
Soon after the disease outbreak, it became an epidemic in China as they rose to quarantine and then isolate infect people. As at January, the World Health Organization refused to pronounce the disease a pandemic, but on March 12, they did.
The disease is now in more than 100 countries of the world and still counting.
Unlike the Spanish Flu which its mortality was high in people younger than 5 years old, 20-40 years old, and 65 years and older; with three months of data, it shows that around 80 per cent of people who are infected have a mild illness, around 15 per cent have the severe disease (which requires hospitalization), and around 5 per cent is critical (and go into respiratory or organ failure). Around 3 per cent of people with confirmed cases of the infection in China died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
As at the time that Spanish influenza broke out; the knowledge about the virus was minimal and medical care was also very limited.
There’s a great advancement in medicine and technology in this age, so it is expected that the Corid-19 will hopefully fade away soon.
The important thing is that people should not panic.
The WHO gave out some safety information that can help reduce the spread of the virus.
Washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub is advisable. And an increase in self-hygiene is essential.
Humanity has always had reasons to fight for survival, soon enough, the Covid-19 disease will be conquered. Let’s spread positivity and not fear.
Livescience.com details more information about the Spanish flu.
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Story by Micheal Ajisafe / Image credit: wiki images: An emergency hospital during Spanish flu influenza pandemic, Camp Funston, Kansas, c. 1918 (Image: © Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine)