Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 1 month ago

How did we avoid massive wildfire pandemics in the past?

For example,

2014 Ebola scare

2009 Swine Flu (People call it a pandemic but it was never officially declared a pandemic)

2003 SARS Outbreak (Another Coronavirus)

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    The major problem is the speed at which we can move around the world.    If all we had was boats and cars that could only do 50 mph we would have far less problems.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    oh, it's only because people didn't like trump and wanted to make him look bad. so they created this whole virus and made it out to be worse than it actually is, therefore causing the pandemic. 

    this is a great question btw. 

  • 1 month ago

    For starters:

    We didn't have social media the way we do now.

    Although we had 24/7 news sources, they weren't like they are now where they don't care about quality only quantity.

    We didn't didn't have a political climate where they all they want to do is throw people under the bus.

    And we had people who were able to use their cognitive thinking capabilities, instead of only "group think". 

    To the person who said "ebola doesn't spread through droplets".... you know that ebola spreads WAY WAY WAY easier than covid-19, right?

    Spreading through droplet is why we SHOULDN'T be in an uproar.  We can easily contain this.  It takes very little effort to not get covid if you try.

    And never listen to labguy because I guess he just guesses:

    Influenza AND the common cold BOTH HAVE an asymptomatic rate almost identical to covid. 

    Researcher tell all the time that sufficient levels of vitamin D greatly reduce your chance of getting covid 19 and reduce your symptoms if you do get it. 

    - why our politicians and health dept don't harp on this is bewildering.  We should be having pop up vitamin D testing and throwing D3 supplements at people instead of ignoring this. 

  • 1 month ago

    You have to go by the uniqueness of the SARS-Cov-2 virus and that is it is highly contagious before symptoms are shown. This is the first time in history that we have a pandemic that has had significant transmission involving asymptomatic people. When this happens it makes it extremely difficult to contain. With the other viruses the people get sick and we are able to contain that transmission. Also any virus that is lethal and kills its host are less likely to transmit because the host isn't alive and walking around to expose others. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Ebola is not airborne and not spread by droplets.  It is not contagious in early stages.  Therefore even minimal precautions will prevent it from spreading widely.  

    The SARS outbreak of 2003-2004 ended on its own; there have been no cases since 2004.  A similar disease, MERS, arose in the Middle East and also disappeared on its own.  These diseases were pretty severe for those who caught them.

    The 2009 "swine" flu, being a new strain, was highly contagious but ended up being a mild illness.  A lot of people got it but recovered with no problem.  So, it actually was a "wildfire," but it just wasn't very dangerous.  

    COVID-19 is mild for most people, but severe for a small percentage.  It appears to be as much a political phenomenon as a health phenomenon.  For instance, in Quebec, Canada, with a population of 8,400,000, they are under curfew from 8pm to 5am because there are 1,500 COVID patients in hospital.  Does this make sense?

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