Pandemic Killing 10s of Millions is Real Possibility – And we are not Prepared

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Kinda makes you wonder what they’ve got planned. And why is Bill Gates always somehow involved in these doomsday scenarios? Isn’t he just a computer guru?

A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it

A century ago, the Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people. The world is at risk of another pandemic of similar scale.

By Ron Klain Oct 15, 2018, 6:00am EDT

What single event killed more Americans than any other in our history? The attacks of 9/11? The epic conflicts of World War I or World War II?

None of the above. This year, we mark the 100th anniversary of a catastrophe that killed more Americans than all of the events above combined: the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which took as many as 675,000 lives in this country and more than 50 million worldwide — killing nearly one out of every 20 humans then alive.

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One hundred years later, it is the prospect of another such pandemic — not a nuclear war, or a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster — that poses the greatest risk of a massive casualty event in the United States. The scope of the danger is breathtaking: Bill Gates, citing epidemiologists, has said that there is a “reasonable probability” of a pandemic that kills more than 30 million people worldwide in the next two decades. A tabletop exercise run at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in May simulated a global flu-like outbreak called Clade X and found that 150 million people (including 15 million in the US) would die in the first year alone.

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In an era with so much progress in science and medicine, how can the United States remain so vulnerable to such a pandemic? With so much money and energy being devoted to combatting large-scale terrorist attacks, nuclear proliferation, and other dangers, why has so much less attention been devoted to a threat that is arguably more likely and potentially deadlier?



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