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HISTORICAL DATA ON PANDEMICS & THE WORLD POPULATION

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Pandemic-How can we the world survive?

If a disease is to be globally disruptive, it must precipitate into a flare-up of contagion and lethality—As was  the 1918 influenza pandemic, which in the course of two and half years wiped out 50 to 80 million people. If the next influenza pandemic is as bad as that one, then the pro rata toll would be 210 million. “Wiping out that many people at othe one time would disrupt civilization as we know it,” the CDC’s Khan says. He adds, however, that in the past century medical science has developed powerful weapons against disease. “We’re an intelligent species,” he says. “We & resilient, resourceful & can fight back.”

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But what if that intelligence were turned against us? Thanks to advances in biotechnology, it will become increasingly possible to custom-tailor a pathogen’s lethality. “We’re on the cusp of what could be a very frightening time,” says Charles P. Blair, director of the Terrorism Analysis Project at the Federation of American Scientists.
“I think in the very near future you’re talking about a potential extinction event.”
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