The third and final wave of this lethal killer came in the spring of 1919. Although this mutation was less deadly than its predecessor, it still devastated communities as it continued to add to the death toll. This outbreak was responsible for taking away ten years from the average life expectancy of a person, kept people in a constant panic, and “In its wake, the pandemic would leave about twenty million dead across the world. In America alone, about 675,000 people in a population of 105 million would die from the disease.3” Governments and private organizations both scrambled to find a cure and in 1918 they believed they might have found the source of the virus to be a bacteria rather than a virus. They operated under that assumption until
The Black Death by Robert S. Gottfried, tells the story of the deadly plague and the following second plague pandemic that swept across Europe in the mid fourteenth century killing about half of the population. The book explains how the many factors lead to the plague becoming very enormous throughout Europe such as the environment and the great empire of the Mongols. The history of medieval Europe from the book gives the reader a dramatic glimpse of the awful conditions that were present in the time of the diseases.
The movie began by showing individuals from different parts of the world having the same symptoms of the diseases, which was being spread shortly after being affected. The diseases were then shown to affect numerous individuals and the transmission continued to increases at a fast rate. In hopes of eliminating further spread of the disease, the government begins to quarantine infected individuals. However, throughout the film, it emphasizes that even minimal contact with an infected individual can cause catastrophic consequences (contagion). Researchers cannot defer the transmission of the disease because there is no treatment protocol. There is no information acquired about the disease and it is spreading very quickly which makes it increasingly more difficult for researchers to develop treatment. Due to the fact that there is an initial lack of information, the public’s response to the effects of the pandemic is crazed and quickly escalates out of control (contagion). The public response in the U.S to the effects of the pandemic, are devastating. The public response once it has been named a pandemic is that of people are afraid, people want answers and the cure to a disease and they will go to any level in order to get the cure. Many individuals begin to pillage and steal in order to obtain objects for their survival. They ran shacked supermarkets, destroy property and car, and even rob banks. Everyone wants to live and with lack of vaccines, the country is in an uproar and people will do whatever it takes to survive. Dr. Hextall ultimately discovered the treatment for the disease by testing the vaccine on rhesus monkeys. At the CDC lab, one of the monkeys shows signs that the trial vaccine is working, but Hextall tells Cheever it will take months to test, approve, and then synthesize large amounts of a vaccine. Hextall ignores the protocol and injects herself
The plague was a catastrophic time in history, and happened more than once. It took millions and millions of people’s lives. It destroyed cities and countries, and many people suffered from it.
We all know that the Yellow Fever in 1793 is now history, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about. We have learned that our ancestors have tried to fight the disease. Over the years modern medicines has been helped people get healthier. We have to learn the mistakes they made before and try to improve it and make it
Because of the uncertainties and evolving nature of infectious diseases, outbreaks can cause substantial fear in communities and in the general public. Such is the case with the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003. It was the first serious infectious disease of the twenty first century and questions about its origin and treatment greatly outnumbered the answers.
My topic is about the black plague. I choose this topic because I thought that it would be interesting to learn about the most catastrophic disease to happen in Europe. The exchange of the black throughout Europe was the greatest catastrophe ever because it killed 50 million people, more than any other bug or virus, there were smaller breakouts, and family’s abandoned each other.
As Boccaccio explains, a group of the community responded by living modestly and continued living their life normally; it is these people who were more successful in facing the epidemic. It is often human nature to go to the extremes when
Infectious epidemics and pandemics have happened all through mankind's history. “They remain the prime cause of death worldwide and will not be conquered during our lifetimes.” The flu of 1918 was one of the deadliest epidemics in history. “It infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide–about one-third of the planet’s population at the time–and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims. More than 25 percent of the U.S. population became sick, and some 675,000 Americans died during the pandemic.” No one knew how the virus spread, there were no antibiotics to fight it, and no flu shots to prevent it. In the final year of World War I, it struck terror in the hearts of people all across Europe and left more death in its wake than the combined military actions of the combatants. “It killed more Americans in a few months than World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the
Throughout history the human race has been faced with one key factor that no one civilization has even been able to beat, not the might of the Roman-Byzantine Empire, nor the combined efforts of the entirety of Europe and their scholars could defeat this recurring foe. Pandemics, from the Greek ‘pan’ meaning all, and ‘demos’ meaning people (Harper Etymonline.com), are these indiscriminate killers whom care not for your social standing be it wealth, fame, or glory. Humans have contested with disease ever since the infantile stages of the species, but the ability of it to spread was severely inhibited by the fact that humans stayed in small groups of 10-30 people at most, giving the virus or disease severely hampered virulence. It was not till humans began gathering in larger, more permanent settlements such as the early Classical cities of Athens, Ramses, and Rome, that the issue of sanitation and disease came into effect. This has not to say that our issues with sanitation and disease prevention have stopped, rather have they been brought forward into the limelight, many nations around the world today have issues with age old diseases and give rise to extremely deadly new viruses of their own. To fully understand the effect of pandemics in history, then one must consider three major plagues of our recorded history, the first pandemic ‘Plague of Athens’, the pivotal ‘Plague of Justinian’, and the infamous ‘Black Death’
This was a great anaylsis, Laura. I agree with your statement from the book that says "courageous leaders acknowledge the dangers they face and their anxieties. Nonetheless, they move foward despite the risks and costs." We can see many examples of this recently in the United States. During the Sandy Hook shooting, many teachers stepped up, knew what risks they were going to encounter facing the shooter, but still moved forward to save the children. I believe that each captain knew the risks but it didn't matter because they had the possibility to save many lives. Many of our true leaders are the individuals we would classify as leaders (politicians, celebrities, etc.) but they are actually the normal people who live day to day and react
When the pandemic had started to become more lethal and people began to realize that
The Black Plague outbreak was one of the scariest events in human history. The people were afraid to do everyday activities and carry on with their normal routines. This plague is known to almost every person on Earth. Even as a kid, teachers tell their students about this plague. Even the thought of an outbreak like the Black Plague makes people’s skin crawl. I am included in that category. It has gotten to the point that when any outbreak of any type or kind of disease happens that the world gets into panic mode. All of this panic comes from the Black Death. In this synthesis and analysis essay I will cover the places the Black Plague reached, the effects of the Black Plague, and the thoughts of the people that lived in
It had been 2 days since the virus was revealed to the masses, and it was just getting worse. It was march 22, 2054. I forgot who I truly used to be before the outbreak, but I remember my name. Chuck Baron. My wife and son were killed in a military raid on our town. They preformed a test to see who was infected, and who wasn't. I had jut got back from a business trip when the outbreak started, so I had no idea this was happening. I was the only one in my neighborhood that made it out alive. I didn't look back. I just started walking.
Since the beginning, humanity has overcome diseases that could potentially wipe out the human race. From earliest forms diseases such as measles to modern day pandemics such as AIDS, mankind has survived throughout history. Though diseases have plagued society it was only after the outbreak of the HIV virus in 1981 that brought to attention the dangers of incurable diseases. Before this time, with World War I and II, and the Cold War, public fear was based on the potential chance of a nuclear destruction of the planet. Since the outbreak of the HIV in 1981, public anxiety has been displaced from nuclear winter to that of microbial plagues. The enemy was now no longer a visible foe but that of an unknown contagion with no knowable cure. Recently in 2009, with the outbreak of the Swine Flu (H1N1) Virus public alert of the dangers of contagions increased. Science Fiction films since the outbreak of HIV have reflected the public fear of the unknown and unbeatable contagions. Films such as Outbreak (1995), Contagion (2011) and the recent World War Z (2013) have shown audiences a creative window of possible outcomes of an epidemic and what man would do in order to stop the