Plagues are not always pandemics. For a plague to become a pandemic, it has to have spread so widely that no location is spared. A pandemic is a plague (or epidemic) that has run out of control. Back in those olden days which medically speaking were very far from golden, any rapidly spreading disease could easily become an epidemic, but Bubonic plague — the Black Plague — was the big winner. It showed up during Emperor Justinian’s reign in Rome and was part of the reason Rome collapsed. When your army is dying of Bubonic plague, it’s easy for the invading hordes to make significant progress. They did. Rome fell. The plague receded — and came back hugely in 1347. It wasn’t it’s first European vacation.
Most people assume it was round one because it was so prolonged and so lethal, but it was at least the second round and probably the third. In between, people were busy dying of other things. Like smallpox, strep, measles, cholera. diphtheria, polio — well, the list can go on forever because all the diseases we’ve conquered with vaccinations and antibiotics were alive and rampant.
Oh how quickly we forget! So many people have glorified those early days and seem to forget that people died young and many didn’t ever become adults. They died as children.
MERSA (really MRSA) is a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus infection. It’s a cause of staph disease that’s difficult to treat because of its resistance to antibiotics. Staph infections—including those caused by MRSA—frequently spread in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, as well as in the community where you live, work, and go to school. For a while it was so prevalent in hospitals that they tried to get you out of there the minute you are even remotely able to be anywhere else. Everyone thinks it because of insurance, but it’s really the rampant disease racing around hospitals. No one likes to talk about this and you can hardly blame them. I learned this because I was in the hospital — dying. I had emergency surgery and I was hugely better the following morning. They sent me home in less than two hours. I’d been there for more than six weeks, too sick to even sit up in bed.
I had to ask WHY. My doctor said: “We want to get you out of here before you pick up something even worse than what you came in with.” He then explained about a variety of staph, viruses, and bacterial infections in virtually every hospital. I was actually shocked. I hadn’t known anything about that. Live (luckily) and learn.
The ultimate result is that they send you home fast. Very fast. Still attached to transfusion machines, with drains and too weak to stand on your own. I think they’ve made some progress, but not enough.
We’ve had a number of outbreaks of plague in modern times, including Bubonic plague in Texas and one outbreak during COVID in Mongolia. What made COVID unique was it’s contagiousness. Early Bubonic plague was like that but worse. Without antibiotics, it pretty much killed everyone who got it. It had three formats. One version, dead in three to five days. Version two, dead in 48 hours. Last one? Dead in less than 12 hours. It emptied out the world of people. Even now, it keeps popping up because there’s no vaccine for it. It’s bacterial. It can be stopped with heavy doses of certain antibiotics, but might kill you anyway. Modern doctors don’t realize what you’ve got. They don’t see Bubonic plague often enough to recognize it quickly. By the time they know what they are seeing, the patient is usually dead. Bubonic moves fast.
COVID — not just 19 but all the COVID viruses — like head colds and the annual flu (which was the original 1918 pandemic flu). It mutated and became (mostly) less lethal. Except when it pops up as one of those other flu viruses, like COVID-SARS (2002-2004). We are never entirely safe. Viruses — especially COVID viruses — mutate. COVID-19 has mutated quickly which is where all the variants come from.
There’s a lot of information on plagues through the ages. There are a lot of books about it and you can find tons of information on Google. It’s enough to curl anyone’s hair. That we went 100 years without a pandemic is because we were ready for one. As soon as they popped up, the CDC went into action. But this time, instead of working with doctors and science, T**** fired the CDC. It was politically expedient. Lucky us that SARS didn’t get a head start like COVID-19 did. T**** intentionally let it run out of control.
If he’d jumped on it immediately, worked with the CDC team, there was no reason for so many people to die, especially not in this country. You go with the science, not with your political “opinion.” I’m sure in his deviant little brain, he thought if he said it wasn’t going to get that bad, it wouldn’t. It turns out, you can’t stop an epidemic politically. No amount of tweeting will cure disease.
The people who got sick aren’t politicians. All of us are just people trying hard to not die.