Why You Should Be Worried About A Bird Flu Pandemic

Why you​ Should Be Worried About a​ Bird Flu Pandemic
You may have been hearing a​ lot in​ the​ news lately about a​ bird flu pandemic. ​
You have probably been thinking what does that have to​ do with me?’ There is​ always something to​ worry about right? Natural disasters,​ terrorism and​ now a​ flu pandemic? the​ first two—natural disasters and​ terrorism have a​ lot in​ common. ​
They both strike without warning,​ they leave death and​ destruction in​ their wake and​ they affect a​ local area. ​
Now in​ the​ case of​ a​ natural disaster,​ that area can be fairly large,​ yet it​ doesn’t always affect the​ whole country or​ the​ global population. ​
Worse case scenarios usually involved thousands dead and​ hundreds of​ millions in​ damage. ​
a​ meteor hitting the​ planet would probably affect everyone on​ earth. ​
a​ super volcano blowing up could affect the​ whole planet. ​
Those are scenarios that scientists play out on​ their computers to​ see what might happen. ​
Chances of​ those happening are much less than tornados,​ hurricanes,​ floods and​ earthquakes.
Lets take terrorism. ​
Still,​ a​ very real threat and​ not one to​ be taken lightly. ​
Lives are lost and​ millions of​ dollars of​ damage can be inflicted. ​
But terrorists strike even more locally than natural disasters. ​
if ​ terrorists strike a​ major metropolitan area,​ it​ will affect that area and​ only ripple effects around the​ rest of​ the​ country. ​
Deaths are in​ the​ immediate area,​ damage is​ confined again to​ the​ local area. ​
a​ nuclear weapon going off,​ while local,​ would have a​ much more major impact on​ a​ larger number of​ people across the​ country. ​
But life could go on​ in​ other areas of​ the​ country and​ world.
Now lets look at ​ a​ pandemic. ​
a​ bird flu pandemic would affect millions of​ people around the​ world,​ not just local populations. ​
The death rate could be between 5 million and​ 100 million or​ more. ​
The economic consequences would be catastrophic. ​
The World Bank has estimated a​ pandemic lasting a​ year could cost the​ world economy $800 billion dollars. ​
it​ would affect the​ lives of​ every American. ​

When your business in​ New York depends on​ deliveries from Texas and​ those deliveries can’t be made because everyone in​ Texas is​ sick,​ then it​ will affect your business and​ your employee’s lives. ​
Now multiply that across all states and​ across the​ globe,​ then you​ might start to​ see why a​ bird flu pandemic could have such a​ farreaching impact. ​
Millions of​ workers out sick,​ schools,​ businesses shut down,​ transportation interrupted. ​
Financial markets in​ chaos,​ hospitals over whelmed,​ lost income and​ financial defaults. ​
The list could go on. ​
An avian influenza pandemic would be catastrophic,​ far more than any natural disaster or​ terrorist event. ​

At this time the​ chance of​ a​ pandemic is​ fairly low. ​
Human to​ human transmission has not been confirmed but scientists fear if ​ the​ virus mutates into a​ form that is​ easily passed from person to​ person,​ then the​ chance of​ a​ pandemic will increase. ​
Health experts say it​ is​ only a​ matter of​ time. ​
While federal,​ state and​ local governments are starting to​ prepare,​ many have not started and​ don’t have the​ funds available to​ plan for a​ bird flu pandemic.
Your best defense is​ to​ stay informed about bird flu and​ avian influenza. ​
Unlike a​ natural disaster or​ a​ terrorist event,​ a​ influenza pandemic can be prepared for. ​
Wellprepared plans will help you​ and​ your family get through a​ pandemic crisis and​ recover quicker than those who are not prepared.
Why You Should Be Worried About A Bird Flu Pandemic Why You Should Be Worried About A Bird Flu Pandemic Reviewed by Henda Yesti on January 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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