Can we learn from the past?
It’s been 100 years since the Spanish Flu became a pandemic and killed more than 100 million people in just over two years.
Are we destined to experience the same tragedy again?
We know that left alone pathogens never get better, they only get worse. That being said, the resources required to put the systems in place to deal with pandemics keep getting leaner and leaner with each passing year. While the pandemic risk is much greater than a military risk, the US spends half a trillion dollars on its military and next to nothing on pandemic preparedness.
That needs to change if we hope to lessen the impact of any new pandemics. In a recent report Bill Gates’ foundation, which studies pandemic risks closely, has shown a new pandemic could kill more than 33 million people in 250 days.
Every bit of preparedness helps. What can be done to make a difference?
Be responsible to protect your health. Be aware and be prepared. That is the one reason why we created PURIFYD.
Read more in The Atlantic.