Homebody&soulThe Shot Felt Around the World

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  1. In his book ‘How to Survive A Pandemic,” Michael Greger presents a detailed summary of the 1918 influenza known as the Spanish Flu. According to Greger, the Spanish Flu claimed between 50 to 100 million people worldwide. Initially, it was believed the virus may have been transmitted from infected farm animals (pigs) to soldiers at a near-by army base in the state of Kansas and then spread as soldiers relocated to other bases. Despite the catastrophically high death toll, the lack of actual reported cases made it extremely difficult for researchers to pinpoint where the pandemic actually began.
     
    Why the lack of reported cases? This was a fast-moving virus — and the havoc it wreaked upon its victims — devastating. People not only suffered from chills, nausea, and fatigue — but their lungs filled with fluid, making it difficult and/or impossible to breathe. Dead bodies, blue-tinged from the lack of oxygen to the lungs, began piling up in the streets. Normally, one might assume this to be cause for alarm. Following that train of thought, it would make sense that newspaper headlines and radio announcements would reflect the dire circumstances of the times. This was not the case.
     
    In 1918, news of the illness was under wraps because the United States was preparing to enter into World War I. Newspaper reporters were threatened with both imprisonment and large fines if they printed any information pertaining to the illness as it might affect national security.
     
    Why was the 1918 flu called the “Spanish Flu?” As a neutral country in the run up to war, Spain had no restrictions regarding the publication of information and spoke freely about how the virus was ravaging its people. Being the first to “sound the alarm” so to speak, Spain earned the unlucky naming rights of the deadliest flu pandemic in history. The Spanish Flu killed 10 times more American soldiers than American lives lost in WW1.
     
    Greger purports that in 2005, “findings of a virologist by the name of Taubenberger finally answered the question: Where did the 1918 virus come from? The answer, published in October 2005, is that humanity’s greatest killer appears to come from avian influenza — bird flu.”
     
    It is amazing how the details of the 1918 pandemic mimic our current COVID-19 pandemic. Our epidemiologists, scientists, and historians learned a great deal from the 1918 experience and from other potential pandemics in regard to identification of vectors, specifically how to protect us from avian spread, and how to focus potential treatment. They gave us information on how best to protect ourselves by wearing a mask and maintaining distance. Unfortunately, this review of history also reveals how politics can influence the course of disease and the resulting death toll. 
     
     The death rate is now over 200,000 in America. Please God give us wisdom, guidance, and discernment. Help us to take responsibility for our actions and to have empathy for our brothers and sisters.
     
    If a vaccine is proven to be safe and at least 50% effective, I will pray for guidance in how to proceed. I know I have responsibility to others as well as to my family and myself.
     
     

    • WOW! History seems to be repeating itself as we insert politics into pandemics! Frankly, and I am sure you would agree, that is a recipe for disaster. Thank you for sharing that information about the Spanish flu. “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

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