Mankind has been through a lot of rough times in the past hundreds of years; wars, famine, natural disasters, there is plenty on the list, but human civilization is able to survive and prosper in spite all of these. However, if there is one event in history that almost spelled the end of men, it is the outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, also known as the Black Death, which claimed not only thousands, but millions of lives in the Medieval Era. In Europe, it was an awful sight to behold, as mass burial and burning of bodies of the Plague victims could be witnessed in every corner of every town.
Hundreds of years have passed, and thanks to the remarkable improvement in the field of science, there is very little chance that another catastrophic outbreak like the Plague will happen again. Although, even if we say that “very little” is comforting, the probability is still there, and then just this week, it did happen.
‘Most Dangerous’ Kind Of Black Death Caught By Two Residents in China
It was earlier this month when authorities in Beijing, China confirmed two cases of the Plague, and the worse part of the news is that this strain of the Bubonic Plague is the strongest and most life-threatening out of all the cases that has been reported in history. This announcement created panic across China’s northeast region, having the image of the infamous Black Death in Medieval Europe in people’s minds. Although, authorities pacified the fears of the public, saying that it is highly unlikely that a fast-spreading outbreak like the one that happened in the early ages will take place. As of this time, the two patients are placed in quarantine, avoiding the Plague to be transferred to other people.
The two Plague victims are an old couple who originated from Inner Mongolia, a small autonomous region in China. At first, the couple complained of high fever and severe respiratory issues, which caused them to seek treatment in Beijing. From there, it was confirmed that the couple has contacted a pneumonic plague. One has been declared in stable condition, while the other is still in danger but is still closely monitored.
Possible Ways To Transmit The Plague From One Person To Another
The big question now is how the 2019 Plague was transmitted to humans. The Medieval Black Death was caused by infected rodents, although the spread of the disease in general can also be caused by insects. It is also possible that the Plague can be transferred directly from one human to another, which is a cause of concern since this would easily spark another deadly outbreak.
Some people are anxious that the spread of the Plague can also be airborne, meaning that inhaling the air outside of the house can be a reason to contact the disease. Those who are used to opening the windows to let the fresh air enter the house may opt to shut them close in fear of getting the Plague. In this case, getting the NuEco Windows Melbourne is suggested for high-quality and durability.
While the Chinese government did everything they can to contain the Plague, some people still criticized how the situation was handled, especially in the first few days when health workers already confirmed the case as Plague but delayed the relaying of information, especially to the World Health Organization (WHO). This can be compared to how the authorities in Florida tried to handle a data breach situation earlier this year.