Saturday, April 4, 2015

D is for Disease: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge

I've been watching a lot of Helix anf 12 Monkeys lately. If you're not familiar with either of those shows, they're both on SyFy and they both deal with apocalypse level diseases.

Narvik anyone? 
While we may not have any genocidal immortals or time machines, the threat of how easily the right disease could put us on our butts that's presented in these shows is very real.

Look at what happened with the Spanish Flu in 1918.

In 1918, waves of mutating influenza viruses swept through the military lines of the armies fighting in World War I to the civilian population across the globe. What’s commonly referred to as “the Spanish Flu” is a misnomer. Spain was no more affected than any other European country, nor was it the source of the disease. This flu outbreak orphaned children, closed down schools and businesses, and left the nation without important services because of ill workers. An estimated 675,000 Americans died in a matter of months, and 20 million people died across the globe before the pandemic subsided. (10 Worst Outbreaks in U.S. History)

Thankfully modern medicine and the understanding of how diseases spread has kept us from world ending level outbreaks. There's certainly been many a day in history when it sure looked bleak though.

Enjoy this random trailer for 12 Monkeys! 

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