A century ago the influenza pandemic of 1918 infected a third of the world population and killed 50 to 100 million people. That can make a like the flu these days? This question was asked of bill gates and experts in the field of health. They believe that such a flu could kill in our day, 33 million people in six months. There was even a simulation of the spread of the disease around the world, which is very similar to one of the popular mobile game.
The influenza pandemic of 1918 was so deadly and contagious that it took only five weeks to spread across the United States. In a year the virus infected 500 million people worldwide. From 50 to 100 million people died from the disease.
Since then, medicine has improved significantly, but we have to live in a more globalized world. People are constantly traveling abroad and oceans, bringing with them pathogens. Experts believe that if the same deadly flu appears now, it will spread so quickly that within six months will be able to kill 33 million people.
Bill gates often reminds of the possibility of a new virus. He believes that the world needs to prepare to fight the pandemic as serious as preparing for war. During his speech at the discussion of epidemics, organized by the Massachusetts medical community and the medical journal New England, gates showed a simulation that demonstrates how the disease will spread to every corner of the world.
New pathogens are constantly appearing. In addition, they can be created by people in private laboratories. At the moment it is believed that the flu virus is a Prime candidate for the next global pandemic. Some experts believe that this will certainly happen sooner or later. Moreover, the flu and so every year kills from 291 thousand to 646 thousand people.