Coronavirus Pandemic – An ancient reaction to modern media hype
The corona virus pandemic, sweeping across the world like a starving tornado, corpses lining abandoned roadways and grocery store shelves bare, curtains are drawn and doors double-bolted as humanity hangs on the fringes of destruction.
The hysteria is like nothing the world has seen since the Spanish Influenza (1918) and the Black Plague 1347 – 1351, and yet I don’t know anybody that has had the corona virus. In fact I don’t know anybody that knows anybody that has had it. I lost relatives to the Spanish Influenza and no doubt some of ancestors were killed by the Black Death.
What we are seeing now is a glimpse into the human psychosis. The pandemonium being witnessed around the world is the reason history is wrought with cattle-like behavior allowing things like the holocaust or the Salem witch trials to occur. People start losing their minds in the wake of such movements and jump on board with whatever the new happening is, good or bad. It is a frightening reality but it is also somewhat interesting because this is why things in the world occur on such a large scale.
We look back on history and ask ourselves, “How could such a thing happen? People were so uncivilized back then.” But were they really? Or were they acting the same as people are acting right now in March of 2020?
In the United States, sporting events no longer exist, University classes are online, and toilet paper is a memory from a time when people were still “civilized.” Turn on the news and the world is ending, the apocalypse has finally arrived. God is getting his revenge. When does it all end? When a vaccine is created. Or when governments can make money off of a cure that has surreptitiously already been discovered. Trace it back to its root.
A respiratory disease supposedly originating in Wuhan, China- possibly in a laboratory- and it swiftly killed a “reported” 5,000 elderly in their country. It infected thousands more and then went viral. Conspiracy theorists might find a correlation between the media hype, the statistics and the political climate of today. On Friday President Trump declared a national emergency to release funds by way of the Stafford Act.
Maybe more toilet paper can be purchased from Bolivia and trucked to stores so people are not resigned to using leaves in the backyard. There is an estimated 142,000 cases of infected people worldwide, though where exactly are all of these cases? In Mexico, a country with a population of 130 million there has only been fifteen recorded cases.
On average there are sixty-two deaths a year from bee stings alone, a whopping eighty-nine in 2017. On the entire continent of Africa, a collection of some fifty-four countries there has been around a hundred or so cases. In Russia there has been maybe fifty cases in a population of about 145 million. Italy claims to have a few thousand infected. In the United States there are a few hundred reported cases and around fifty deaths.
With quarantines in effect, the spread of the virus will be greatly hindered and this will give science a chance to create a cure that can be administered before any real pandemic is allowed to gain a foothold. The establishment of the idea of a quarantine came to be, due to an outbreak of plague in the city of Ragusa, modern day Dubrovnik in Croatia. The year was 1377.
There are numerous countries that still have not yet reported any infected including Fiji, Montenegro, Cape Verde, Bahamas, Barbados, Guatemala and a slew of others. This is not the Black Death that took the lives of an estimated 75 to 200 million people and nobody had a clue as to why it was happening. The King of France at the time blamed a random alignment of planets to be the cause.
The most common cause of the day was the “miasma theory,” where people believed that bad air was the cause of various pestilences like the plague or cholera. It wasn’t until the 1880s that scientists began abandoning that theory and adopting the theory that germs are behind the sicknesses.
Historically pandemics like the Plague of Athens, Plague of Justinian, the outbreak of Spanish Influenza or Malaria in the Roman Campagna were judged based on body counts, death on a massive scale. Thankfully due to modern medicine and knowledge, that is not the case anymore. Today pestilences and pandemics are such because governments say they are, and then the public will react as the public always has since the beginning of time.
Had this corona virus been racing through the ancient world maybe it truly would have become a pandemic like the Spanish Influenza, witnessed by historical scribes like Hippocrates convinced bad fumes leaking from the ground infected the world, maybe not.