What Disease Will Cause the Next Pandemic?

This Fight Won’t Be Our Last

1. Respiratory Illnesses

If previous pandemics were caused by respiratory illnesses, why can’t we figure out how to fight them? Wouldn’t you think we could learn from our historical struggles? Unfortunately, countries failed to make the investments necessary to prevent the next pandemic. Additionally, influenza and coronavirus strains mutate as they move throughout the population. This makes developing vaccines effective against respiratory illnesses difficult. While vaccines may be effective against some strains, they may be ineffective against others. Containment, therefore, is essential. Because some governments around the world deny the efficacy of containment measures in stemming the spread of respiratory illnesses, I’m not optimistic they’ll be able to contain the next pandemic of this nature.

2. Man Made Diseases Created From Experiments Gone Wrong

The biohacking movement can, in part, be credited to CRISPR. CRISPR is a relatively new technology that enables scientists to edit genes. This incredible discovery can help to eradicate debilitating diseases like Huntington’s and hereditary blindness. While these uses for CRISPR are beneficial, some rogue scientists and biohackers are performing dangerous experiments that could have terrifying consequences. CRISPR can be used on human sperm and egg cells, as well as embryos. As these precursors to human life develop, the genetic alterations manifest. Now, CRISPR technology is accessible to the biohacker community.

A “CRISPR baby” will be born with permanent changes to its genes. These changes don’t just affect one generation. They’re passed down to all future generations, too. Unsanctioned experiments of this nature have already been performed. In doing this, experimenters are opening a Pandora’s box to an uncertain future. The risk of an experiment gone wrong can create a disaster of biblical proportions. What disease will cause the next pandemic? Potentially, a man-made one. We need to stop playing God and better regulate CRISPR technology.

3. Diseases Used as Biological Weapons

Biological weapons have been around for hundreds of years. One of the earliest known uses of biological weapons dates back to the 1300’s during the Mongol siege of Caffa. The Mongol army catapulted dead plague-infested bodies into the port of Caffa. This war tactic didn’t just frighten enemy troops; it infected them too.

Most of us are familiar with the British army’s use of the smallpox virus against the Native Americans during the French and Indian War. In the mid-1700’s, British troops gave the Native Americans blankets infected with smallpox, which ultimately caused a full scale epidemic.

These rudimentary forms of biological warfare can be replaced by modern, lab-manufactured weapons. Unlike guns, missiles, and other weapons controlled by human operators, viruses do not respect human wishes. Biological weapons come with unintended consequences. A pandemic is potentially one of them.

4. Other Diseases with High R0 Factors

The measles, as an example, has an R0 factor of 18. Measles, like respiratory illnesses, lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected individual. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the disease spreads. As many as 90% of unvaccinated individuals coming into contact with an infected person can contract the measles. What disease will cause the next pandemic? One with a similarly high R0 factor.

What Disease Will Cause the Next Pandemic?

  1. We can engage in large scale, coordinated efforts to prevent and respond to outbreaks of disease.
  2. We can make the investments necessary to develop and roll out test kits and vaccines.
  3. Lastly, we can work to gain mainstream acceptance of the important role science plays in fighting diseases.

The above three actions can be achieved. Hopefully, the Covid-19 pandemic acts as a wakeup call. If our government leaders continue to bury their heads in the sand, Covid-19 won’t be the last pandemic to stretch across the globe.

Originally posted at: https://bunkerbasics.com/what-disease-will-cause-the-next-pandemic/



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