Could A Flu Pandemic Happen Again? Humanity Might Be Due For The Big One [VIDEO]
Could a flu pandemic happen again and hit humanity like it never happened before? Projections that this generation might face The Big One warns everyone to prepare for the worst including being aware of its impact and what to do about it.
A pandemic flu is a global outbreak that can easily and quickly spread the virus from person to person worldwide in hours. Unlike the seasonal flu that people eventually developed native immunity to, humans will have little to no immunity from the pandemic influenza.
Since it is something that comes when a new flu virus emerges, one's immune system will not have the chance to develop any sort of defense for it. With that, the pathogen will not discriminate no matter where a person is in the world - old or young, rich or poor.
Could a flu pandemic happen again?
In the 20th century alone, three global pandemics have already come upon humanity. There was the Spanish Flu in 1918, the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968.
The 1918 flu pandemic infected over 500 million people across the world. It wiped out around 50 to 100 million lives which are up three to five percent of the world's population.
And then follows millions of global death toll from the Asian and Hong Kong flu. This will not be the last as many experts predict humanity is due for the next Big One that the world has never seen yet.
Faster than the virus
Reports say there is only one solution to face the pandemic flu and that is a vaccine. However, mankind should have to be faster than the virus in order to save as many people in this lifetime.
To save millions of lives, humanity should be at least 24 weeks faster, according to the CNN. That means the identification of the virus from the first infected patient should be speedy as the production and distribution of the vaccine must immediately come next.
The answer to the question of could a pandemic flu happen again appears to be unfortunate for the people in this lifetime. In order to face it, governments and facilities from all over the world must set aside indifferences and work together for humankind.