What is a PANDEMIC and Why Should you look Deeper into the Facts

2020 has been an Unprecedented year

In November of 2019 we started hearing about the Current SARS-CoV2 as it spread through China. 

At the time, we were already in our ridiculously long election cycle that now lasts about 20 months. 

In March New York and areas of CA were overwhelmed with cases. By April, most of the country had gone into lockdown. 

 

But why? 

This will be the first of a few blogs talking about this pandemic in comparison to others that have happened throughout the history of time as we know it. Really particularly looking at the last 150 years. 

Since 1889, We have had 7 pandemics that are of real note in regards to the Corona Type Viruses or Flu and Influenza. During one such pandemic, the United States actually held one of the most iconic Music Festivals in modern history. Can you guess which one I am talking about? Here is a hint, it happened in 1969.

Let’s first address the conspiracy theories that there is a pandemic every election cycle, but only seems to affect one party. 

 

2004 SARS Virus:

First off, there were 8 cases in the US in 2003. 1 Death. All 8 persons had traveled abroad. It did not spread in the US and the only mention politically was the need for increased diplomacy and support between US and China.

2008 AVIAN FLU:

The first time this virus reached the world was actually in 1990. It has a total of 5 world wide spreads. It continues to be in circulation and it was only briefly addressed as a reason to strengthen international support of each country affected and work together to support the people of the world. 

2009 Swine Flu (H1N1):

NOT AN ELECTION YEAR. The CDC actually referred to it as the first Real Pandemic in 40 years. Mostly because the two previous stayed in their respective countries of origin as significantly damaging. This particular flu season in the US was one of the deadliest on record prior to the current pandemic and that of 1918.

2012 MERS:

Much to people’s disappointment, this did NOT come from China. It was first discovered in Camels in Saudi Arabia and passed to humans who were in direct contact with infected animals. It was most common in underserved communities with lack of medical team access. Only 2 Cases reached the US. 

2014 EBOLA:

though not a flu virus was used in the midterm elections to degrade the opposition. Both parties threw Mud. Neither should have because there were 2 Cases in the US. In 2018 there were additional cases totaling 8 from people that had traveled to the two countries in Africa that had outbreaks. 

2016 ZIKA:

Also not a flu virus. It is contracted through bite of infected insect or unprotected sex with someone infected. Originated in 1956. There were approximately 5200 cases in the US and President Obama asked for $1.8Billion to fight it and prevent spread. The bill took 7 months to pass. Congress dragged its feet. Both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump brought it up while campaigning. Republicans had control of the senate at the time. One party said it was a purposeful stall to affect election results. The other said it was a failure of the President to serve the people. Again, mud slinging. 

2019/20:

SARS-CoV2 proves to be the centerpiece of election slander. One party says it’s a failure of Republicans in not approving bailout and poor management and leadership from the top. The other says it’s a Hoax and nothing more than the Flu. And we are managing it differently than all previous pandemics. 

 

Viruses always run a course. They are really difficult in the first two years, then immunity is built in the community. Viruses can not be treated with antibiotics, but can be treated with antivirals. Antivirals are really aggressive on the body and are targeted to decrease symptoms and duration of symptoms. They can cause Nausea, Dizziness, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nervousness and Poor Concentration. 

If you run a fever above 100.1, you should stay home. Don’t engage with anyone outside your nuclear family or those that live in your home or dorm room. If you reach a fever of 102, You should seek testing and care with-in 24 hours of first symptoms. Symptoms include sore throat, fatigue, body aches, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing. 

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

References:

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.