(ModernSurvival.org) – Following the United States, India has seen the highest recorded death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. Over 441,000 lives have been lost to the virus there. If that wasn’t bad enough, a new virus has reared its ugly head, and it’s more deadly than COVID-19.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 7, 2021
Sunday, a 12-year-old boy passed away from the Nipah virus in Kerala, a state in India. Since then, at least two healthcare workers have also tested positive for the deadly virus. Authorities in India are scrambling to trace the boy’s contacts in an effort to stop the virus from spreading.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nipah is a “priority disease” with epidemic potential. In 2018, India had an outbreak of Nipah that was stopped before it got out of control; however, the virus still claimed the lives of 17 people. This may not seem too bad until one considers it only infected 19 individuals.
According to WHO, the mortality rate of COVID-19 is somewhere between 0.1 and 19 percent (depending on the location). Nipah, on the other hand, is between 40 and 75 percent.
The coronavirus has already decimated the healthcare system in India, which makes the sudden reemergence of Nipah more worrisome. If authorities are unable to contain the outbreak in their already weakened state, the results could be much worse than what the world has already experienced with the coronavirus.
Why the Next Pandemic Could Be MUCH Worse
For some, the coronavirus pandemic seemed like the end of the world. The news definitely made it seem like it, and the food and toilet paper shortages didn’t help matters. Add to the mix the economic fallout of the pandemic and COVID-19 was pretty bad. But it could have worse. Much Worse. And the next pandemic could prove that.
Yes, a lot of people have died from the coronavirus and complications arising from it. No one is trying to say the disease isn’t dangerous. However, statistically, it isn’t even close to the most dangerous pathogens known to man. Had the pandemic arose from, say, Ebola or the Black Plague, the fatality rates would eclipse what has been caused by COVID.
Despite the fact that the coronavirus isn’t the most deadly disease to ever afflict the human population, it still managed to cause the world’s economies to go into free fall. Entire nations enacted lockdowns to slow the spread, and even then the disease continues to be an issue.
Considering the response to the coronavirus, it is safe to assume that world governments would react similarly to an outbreak of a vastly more dangerous disease. Lockdowns would likely occur coupled with public safety mandates. But would it be enough, and would people even follow them?
After being desensitized by the coronavirus, it is possible that the world’s population may disregard the severity of a new, highly contagious and deadly disease until it is too late. This is more likely than one may think, especially considering the growing sense of mistrust in the government.
This deadly combination of a horrifyingly deadly disease and people ignoring the warning signs is the foundation for a true disaster. One the world hasn’t seen since the Black Plague claimed the lives of an estimated 25 million people.
A truly horrific virus could lead to far stricter government responses, such as full-blown quarantines and/or martial law rather than lockdowns. A massive death toll would also cause the economy to grind to a full stop as workers succumb to the disease and travel becomes forbidden (leading stores to quickly run out of supplies).
Should this happen, and people are forced to stay in their homes for weeks or months on end, how many of them would be ready to live on what they have on hand?
Time to Prepare
Unfortunately, taking a look back at the panic buying sparked by the first wave of COVID answers that question. This is precisely why preparing emergency supplies for a new pandemic (or any other kind of disaster) is so vitally important. The last place anyone should be when a new disease is sweeping the world is a public place.
Preppers know that staying ready for a disaster is the key to survival. While most people would be forced to go panic shopping for essentials at the onset of a new disease, preppers would be secure at home ready to ride out the storm. Not only does this save them from dealing with the crowds (and potential infection), but also removes the risk of going without as essential supplies begin to sell out.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world, there is no arguing that point. The potential for an even deadlier disease to spread is there, and the only way to protect oneself is to prepare for the worst now.
To see how to create a DIY quarantine room in the event of a new pandemic, check out our article here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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