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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Mother of All Peoples and appears here with kind permission.
In 1348, the Black Plague or “Great Pestilence” led to the deaths of between 30 to 60 percent of medieval Europe, killing one out of every two or three people on the continent.
In 1918, the Great Influenza or “Spanish Flu” killed approximately 50 million people, over twice the total number of soldiers who died during World War I. Its mortality to infection ratio was approximately 3 percent, with 3 out of every 100 infected people dying from the virus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presently manifesting a 3.4 percent mortality rate, with some 90,000 infected and over 3,000 reported deaths to date. This mortality ratio, coupled with its extreme contagion and absence of any previous immunity, is leading world governments to react to the new virus with much more urgency than to usual influenza outbreaks. This makes the Coronavirus some 30 times proportionally more fatal than the ordinary flu.
With the closing of cities in China, borders in the Middle East, churches in northern Italy, schools in Japan, Italy, and Seattle, and the cancellations of major public events throughout Europe, joined with state of emergency declarations in numerous countries and U.S. states, Coronavirus is being perceived as having all the earmarks of a pandemic. German national health experts have admitted that the virus is out of traceable control, while the American Center for Disease Control has instructed Americans to prepare for a “not if, but when” Coronavirus epidemic in the U.S. ….