Last updated on May 29th, 2015
This is apparently no joke. Cambridge University professor Derek Smith warned the deadly bird flu virus is only two or three mutations away from being infectious between humans, and said it is something the world should ‘worry about’.
It could become like the Spanish Flu pandemic which killed around 50 million people.
Such a virus today would have a ‘devastating’ impact on the world’s population…
Professor Derek Smith said,
…studies showed it only needed five amino acid mutations – which happen naturally when the virus evolves – to become transmittable between people.
Scientists have discovered two of these mutations are already common and a third has been seen in some parts of the world – meaning it would take just two more.
You may or may not have heard recently that in the United States the ‘bird flu’ is raging and more than 20 million turkeys (and chickens) have been killed as a result.
“Virulent H5 avian influenza strains have spread to 14 states in five months and affected about 24 million birds so far, mostly egg-laying hens and turkeys,” according to USDA. The outbreak, which is also affecting two Canadian provinces, shows little sign of slowing.
While the virus has not yet spread to humans, its rapid spread coupled with the risk that it’s apparently very close to jumping over to humans, should serve as yet another wake-up call to one’s preparedness and realization of the systemic risks we face as a modern civilization.
It is difficult to imagine the horrific depopulation that would occur so very rapidly in today’s modern world. It would be overwhelmingly debilitating and shocking, and there’s little doubt that our systems of distribution and just-in-time inventory and deliveries would be broken.
Additionally, people would be fearful (rightfully so) to be among others, which would further enhance the contraction of supply chains.
A real pandemic is difficult to comprehend because we’ve not experienced such a comparable depopulation in our lifetime. When it happens again (and you know that it will…) it could potentially be bad enough to radically alter our current way-of-life.
While there’s little that you can do to prevent a pandemic situation such as the ‘bird flu’ from ‘jumping’ to humans, you can do your due-diligence to prepare for such an event. During a pandemic, survival is very dependent upon your non-exposure to the virus (whatever it is). This means relative isolation. Which in turn means that you will need adequate food and supplies to make it through the ‘hot’ period (at least).
This warning regarding bird flu mutation (two away from human-to-human) reinforces the need to store food in your home. Not just 3 weeks worth, but at least 3 or 6 months worth. One year (per person) should really be a very good goal to work towards. Of course there is more than just food to be concerned about. But it’s a good start (and a very important one!)
Pandemic is one of those things that can begin nearly unnoticed. You might hear, read, or see a report here-and-there, but suddenly it will seem like it has spread all over. When it happens, it will happen quickly in today’s world of fast and global transportation. Particularly when governments have already been proven to hesitate and/or refuse to close borders and impede travel. Your survival will likely be up to you – not your government…