All About the Influenza Pandemic

For more than a handful of decades now, influential members of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been adamant about the need to prepare for a serious influenza epidemic unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

Unfortunately, for quite a while, those influential members of the WHO were completely ignored or entirely marginalized – and now our problems have come home to roost.

Since 2004, influenza rates have absolutely exploded on a global scale – more than tripling between 2000 and 2005. More and more cases of serious influenza are documented each and every year in the United States, with many of these variations of the “flu virus” completely perplexing modern science and everything that we know about this affliction.

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It appears that the WHO was right, after all.

How are you preparing to meet these problems?

The World Health Organization and the American Public Health Association have been working together to try and disseminate as much information as possible to prepare US citizens for the inevitable influenza pandemic that is sweeping through the nation.

As this virus continues to build in strength and mutate into a more and more serious problem as the years go by, preparation and prevention is of the utmost importance. This is especially true when we are talking about the avian influenza (bird flu) that has just recently mutated into something that can – and will, inevitably – begin to attack the human race.

There are three things that the WHO and the APHA would like you to do on a daily basis to improve your chances of avoiding the influenza pandemic while at the same time doing everything in your power to cripple its ability to sweep through the population.

They are:

  • Wash your hands as frequently as reasonably possible throughout the day with soap and or alcohol-based solutions
  • Cover-up your coughs, your sneezes, and your yawns with your hand, tissues, or your sleeves
  • If you come down with any symptoms that resemble those of the influenza stay as far away from others as you reasonably can, and especially take time off of work or school to eliminate close contact with others

If you’re able to do all three of those things if you begin to notice influenza symptoms, you’ll be doing absolutely everything you can to cut down on the chances of this pandemic affecting you personally while at the same time eliminating its opportunity to rapidly spread from individual to individual.

What does the future hold?

According to scientist, the one thing that you should take away from this quick bit of information is that the influenza epidemic is not something that “may happen” – it’s something that “will happen”.

Researchers, scientists, and health experts all over the world are preparing for this kind of situation and have been for some time.

We are currently living in one of the most trying times in human history (on a number of different fronts). Our modern world is rapidly evolving on an almost hour to hour basis, but the influenza virus is rapidly evolving and mutating even faster than that.

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It’s everything that we all can do just to stay out ahead of it, and an ounce of prevention is always going to be worth a pound of cure.

Hopefully you’ll take the warnings that have been outlined in this quick article seriously, and make a real point to do absolutely everything in your power to avoid becoming another statistic when it comes to the influenza pandemic.

It’s up to us to stop this thing.

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