In just the last 10 years people all over the world have had to worry about:
- The ebola virus
- The bird flu
- The swine flu
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as health pandemics are concerned!
You’ve likely noticed a major influx in news articles and coverage recently regarding the Zika virus that is sweeping through South America (and threatening the safety and security of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro), and it’s difficult to tell whether or not this is a legitimate health scare that could threaten the global population the way that pundits claim it could or if it is another red herring.
Most of the time they you have people sitting securely in two opposite spectrums when it comes to the danger and severity of these “global health concerns”:
- You have folks on one side of the fence believing that this is the sign of the upcoming apocalypse and the end of the world as we know it and
- You have folks on the other side of the fence believing that this is just another example of the media’s tendency to over sensationalize are much any and every minor concern just to move merchandise, sell advertising, and influence the population at large
Like pretty much everything else the reality of these pandemic situations lies somewhere between these two extremes, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to dismiss these concerns out of hand or that you should prepare yourself against every form of germ unimaginable.
Here are some tricks to help you determine just how dangerous and upcoming pandemic actually is!
Breaking down the difference between “pandemic” and “epidemic”
Pandemic issues are global in nature which means that a health threat can and usually already is spreading quickly across the global population.
Epidemic issues, on the other hand, are more centrally located and likely won’t jump from one geographical location to another anytime soon.
Listen to the government and not the media
Media sources are always looking for new ways to sensationalize of events in order to “scoop” they are competitors, whereas the government is usually going to be most interested in keeping the citizenry safe.
Pay attention to governmental organizations that monitor world health conditions, but if you don’t trust the local government agencies see what the UN or the World Health Organization has to say about potential pandemic and epidemic conditions.