So when I just happened to cross WHO’s Pandemic Alert System this morning, I knew it was a sign from above. I was shocked to learn that we’re ranked at a level 3, out of 6, for the possibility of worldwide outbreak!
The culprit, you ask? Bird Flu, aka Avian Flu, aka H5N1.
As I continued to read, I realized my made up scenarios weren’t that far from reality. In the last century there were three influenza pandemics:
- 1918-1919: 675,000
U.S.deaths, 50 million deaths worldwide;
- 1957-1958: 70,000
U.S.deaths, 1-2 million deaths worldwide; and
- 1968-1969: 34,000
U.S.deaths, 700,000 deaths worldwide.
I can do the math! We’re past due! But there is hope: the Bird Flu suit and survival kit.