According to WHO, there have been a number of viral outbreaks. It is difficult to find exact figures but is the media hype justified?

There are shortages of paracetamol, and hand sanitizers. There are videos of crazed buyers running through Costco and K Mart, filling trolleys full of toilet paper. The media is awash with sensationalism.

“This is getting serious. It’s Epidemic levels. It’s catastrophic and spreading. It’ll only get much worse. Food quarantines need to be in place. It effects everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, background etc. People are staying home and not moving. It is hurting the global economy. It’s literally going to kill everyone… “

There is a global shortage of face masks. We have it on good authority that face masks make matter worse. They were invented to stop nurses infecting soldiers wounds in WW1, they are not anti virus protection. The only thing that will work according to the infection control officer, is a HAZMAT suit. Surgical masks fit loosely and soon become damp with breath actually making them a breeding ground for infections.

WHO Virus outbreaks recorded deaths approximately:

  • H5N1 Bird Flu (last outbreak) 300<
  • West Nile virus 2,000<
  • Ecoli 100<
  • Swine Flu H1N1 12,000<
  • Ebola 100<
  • Coronavirus COVID-19 4,500<
  • HIV/Aids 950,000<
  • Malaria 650,000<
  • Seasonal flu 650,000<
  • ALMOST ONE MILLION PEOPLE COMMIT SUICIDE each year worldwide.

To put that into perspective:

  • one death every forty seconds
  • three thousand every day.

Number of Deaths Per Year By Cause

Number of Deaths Per Year By Cause

And that is only a small part of the story. It is reported that there are at least twenty attempts for every. Men and women are each as likely to attempt suicide however men are more successful due to the nature of the attempt. Men will use a more violent approach.

  • Globally approx 800,000 people commit suicide each year.
  • The younger generations are most vulnerable to suicide and is one of the leading causes of death.
  • Suicide was responsible for 1.4% of global deaths in 2017. In some countries, this rate is as high as 5%.
  • Suicide rates are typically higher for older individuals.
  • Suicide rates for men globally are twice as high as for women.
  • Firearm suicides are particularly high in the United States – 60% of deaths from firearms result from suicide.

Check out Worldometer for the latest figures.

Dr. Lanny Berman, President of IASP, said:

‘Preventing Suicide in Multicultural Societies’ will be embraced. As we develop and implement national and local suicide intervention strategies we need to be aware of cultural factors that can impact on suicidal behavior in diverse settings.

Suicide Rates Via Region

Suicide Rates Via Region
Source: WHO 2016

INFLUENZA EPIDEMICS IN U. S. AMERICA.

A.D. 1557.

Appeared in America. Spread from Constantinople. Very fatal.

1580.

Pandemic II. Spread to America.

1647.

For the first time mentioned in the history of America. Swept the plantations in the South.

1732–33.

Pandemic III. October 1732 appeared in Connecticut. Following day in Massachusetts; Annapolis two days later, attacked 50% of the garrison.

1761.

Appeared in the spring. Northern parts of U. S. A. Philadelphia, Massachusetts and Weymouth.

1767.

Appeared in the month of May.

1775–76.

Epidemic in the U. S. A.

1781–82.

Pandemic IV. Very severe, widespread, appeared in the spring. Began in the east, China, thence to India, Russia, western Europe. Named the “Russian Catarrh.” Appeared in U. S. A. in April 1782.

1788–89.

Prevailed extensively in U. S. A. From the 15th to the 45th degree of latitude, spread over this area in 6 to 8 weeks.

1807.

Generally disseminated throughout the U. S. A.

1815.1824.1825.1826.1830.

Pandemic VI. November 1831 reached America. Seat of the outbreak Manila, P. I., in September, 1830.

1843.

Very prevalent in New England in the month of June.

1850–51.

Epidemic in the U. S. A.

1873.

Prevalent in the States of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas.

1874–75.

Reoccurred in all the above States.

1879.

Epidemic in the U. S. A.

1889–90.

Pandemic IX. Began in May, 1889, at Bukhara, Russian Turkestan. One of the worst pandemics ever known; ran over the whole globe in a few months.

America infected from both Siberia and Europe.

Appeared in New York end of October 1889. 10

San Francisco infected from Japan December, 1889.

1918–19.

Pandemic X. Began in southwestern Spain in April, 1918. Spread to the U. S. A. in May, 1918, wide morbidity. Prevalent all over the States. Pneumonia very severe and fatal, especially in the training camps, where it swept off numbers of the flower of the American youth.

To date, number of Epidemics in the U. S. A.17
To date, number of Pandemics in the U. S. A.5

INFLUENZA EPIDEMICS IN EUROPE AND ASIA.

B.C. 1103.

Epidemic in Babylon, or Babirus of the Persians.

722.

Epidemic in Nineveh, during the reign of Sargon, King of Assyria.

591.

Diodorus mentions a pestilence as having occurred at this date; accompanied with headache, coma and death. (?Meningitis) A.M.

412.

The Roman Historian and writer Livy refers to a pestilence resembling the Flu in book iv. page 52.

395.

A pestilence claimed to be Flu destroyed by thousands the soldiers in the Greek army at the siege of Syracuse. (?Plague or Cholera) A.M.

A.D. 827.

A cough disease with fever spread rapidly and widely; known as Heafd or Heafod Flowan, also as Se Wulf. Epidemic in Britain.

876.

A disease attended with cough and fever, pain in the eyes, Italiae febris, Italian fever. Ravaged Germany and Italy.

888.

A disease with cough and fever spread through Germany.

927.

A disease with cough and fever. Epidemic in France and Germany.

996–7.

A disease with cough and fever. Epidemic in England.

1173.

First epidemic or claimed to be the first, prevailed in Italy, Germany and England.

1323.

The same countries invaded, spread to persons, towns and villages.

1327.

The same countries invaded, spread to persons, towns and villages.

1387.

Jacob von Königshofen states in the Strasburg chronicle, “A general pestilence invaded the whole country, attended with cough and fever; hardly one among ten were unaffected.”

1403–4.

Epidemic over Europe. 11

1411.

Epidemic: name given to the disease le Tac. Cause: contagion in the air, extensively; caused Abortions, during convalescence there was profuse hemorrhages from the mouth, nose and bowels. This account of the disease is given by Pasquier of Paris, 1665.

1414.

Epidemic in France in February and March. Names given to the disease, Le Tac, le Horion and the Coqueluche. (Authority, Lobineau.)

1427.

Epidemic. Widespread in France and the continent of Europe. Name given to the disease, Ladendo. Symptoms, cough, insomnia, renal pains, anorexia, rigors constantly. The greeting everywhere on meeting friends was “Have you had Ladendo?”

*1510.

PANDEMIC I. All over Europe. First accurate description given of its prevalence in the British Isles. Mild in type. Names given in France, Cephale Catarrhale and Coqueluche; in Britain Coccoluche. (Authority, T. Thompson.)

1557.

Came from Constantinople. Very fatal. Spread to U. S. A. Ravaged Paris in July and August, Spain in August, England in September, Holland in October.

Distinctive symptoms, “tightness and dreadful oppression over the chest, as if bound with red hot chains; the same sensations over the abdomen and stomach.” (Authorities, Thompson, Herman.)

1562.

Mild Epidemic.

1563.

Mild Epidemic.

1580

PANDEMIC II. Started on the north coast of Africa in Algiers and Morocco, in May, also in the Island of Malta.

Spread to the U. S. A. (Authority, Fonseca of Madrid.)

England ravaged August, September, October, November.

Rome, 9,000 persons died.

Barcelona, Cadiz, Cordova, Seville, Madrid and other Spanish cities are said to have been depopulated.

The Spanish Physicians bled their patients, this venesection is said to have been very fatal; those who were not bled, most lived.

Thomas Short, London, 1587, states on page 9, “All had the Coccoluche; few died except those who were bled or had unsound Viscera.”

Anna, wife of Philip I. of Spain, died of the disease.

Pope Gregory XIII. was given up for death, but recovered.

12Epidemics in 1591, 1593, 1597, 1626.

1647

Noah Webster states, “For the first time Influenza is mentioned in the history of U. S. America, but it must not be concluded in the absence of earlier records, that the disease never occurred in the U. S. A.”

Webster also cites from Hubbard, “the disease swept the Southern States and the plantations.”

The West Indies were ravaged and had an extensive morbidity; on each of the Islands of Barbadoes and St. Kitts there were 5,000 to 6,000 cases.

1658

Epidemic in Europe, started the end of April. Thomas Wills, M.D. of Oxford, says, “the cause of the disease was a Blast from the Stars.”

1675

Epidemic, ravaged Germany.

1688

Epidemic, began in May. Europe swept. Great mortality in Britain.

1693

Epidemic. Europe.

1709

Epidemic in Europe. France, Germany and Italy chiefly affected.

1712

Europe, epidemic began in Germany. Fever, cough, sense of dread and oppression, painful eyes and great backache. Rapid spread, great and prolonged exhaustion, morbidity great, nearly everyone attacked, mortality very light.

1729–30

Origin, Moscow, Russia, April, 1729. Morbidity enormous, lightning-like spread. In London great mortality, barely 1% escaped. In the month of September, 1729, over 1,000 persons died each week. Rome had some 60,000 cases. (Authority, Hahn.)

1732–3

PANDEMIC III. Raged over the entire earth. Spread to U. S. America October, 1732.

1742–3

La GRIPPE and INFLUENZA appear as names given to the disease for the first time. Epidemic, great morbidity, few deaths.

13

1758

The Flu prevailed as an epidemic in France, Scotland and the West Indies.

1761

Present in the U. S. A. in the spring.

1762

Epidemic in Europe.

1767

U. S. America, began in month of May.

1775–6

Spread from Europe to U. S. A. (Authority, Gluge.)

1780–1

January, 1780, started in France.

1781–2.

PANDEMIC IV. Very severe, widespread. Began in the autumn of 1781 on the borders of China and India, thence spread to Russia and U. S. A.

In 1782 appeared in western Europe; the name given in this Pandemic was RUSSIAN CATARRH.

The British fleet sailed from the Channel ports, Plymouth and Portsmouth, on May 6, 1782. No further contact was had with the land, yet on the 27th of May the Flu broke out on the fleet.

**(The presence of Flu carriers on the ships, or infected stores, clothes and other fomites and only opened after a week or two at sea; also the Flu being epidemic at the ports of departure, will amply account for this alleged miracle) (Author.)

1788–9

Widespread epidemic in the U. S. A. “Statement of Webster.”

“Influenza is not spread by Infection; sailors on board ships 100 miles from land, and insulated as to infection were attacked.”

**(Influenza is spread by infection, the explanation and defense is the same as just made above.) (Author.)

1799–1800

North Eastern Europe. Epidemic.

1802–3

PANDEMIC V.

1807

PANDEMIC VI.

1830

PANDEMIC VII. The seat of the outbreak was Manila, P.I., in September. It spread to the U. S. A.

1833

Epidemic in Northern Asia, Europe, North Africa. In St. Petersburg great morbidity, none escaped.

1836–7

PANDEMIC VIII. Starting point obscure, but in the Eastern Hemisphere. Morbidity and Mortality large. Pulmonary Influenza or Influenza-Pneumonia cases very common.

In London, for the week ending January 24, 1837, there died 1166 persons; and for the week ending January 31, the death rate reached a total of 1169; these deaths were solely due to Flu.

1847–8

PANDEMIC IX. Point of origin unknown; center of the focus of the disease the Eastern Hemisphere and Europe especially. More females than males were attacked.

Great mortality; of those affected with the disease, there died

83% of children, babies and infants. 104% of those 15 to 60 years. 247% of those over 60 years. (Authority, Peacock.)

In Paris ¼ to ½ of the population were attacked.

In Geneva ⅓ of the population were attacked.

In London 250,000 were said to have been stricken.

U. S. America escaped the disease.

1850–1; 1857–8; 1873–4; 1875; 1879.

Influenza prevalent in both Hemispheres.

1889–90

PANDEMIC X. Started at Bukhara, in Russian Turkestan, large province situated to the east of the Caspian sea; March, 1889. Very vicious in its morbidity and spread, acted as never before; ran over the whole globe in a few months.

CONTAGIOUS: which hitherto in doubt, was clearly demonstrated by this Epidemic, which spread from Asia to Russia.

America was infected from both Siberia and Europe. Tropical and temperate countries, mountain and plain, were all swept over alike.

1918–9–1920

PANDEMIC XI. Origin in south eastern Spain, Barcelona, a seaport; April, 1918, where a German submarine is said to have carried it; originally acquired by this boat at the Baltic port or ports of Danzig or Stettin.

Swept Europe and entered Asiatic Russia, later Japan. U. S. America was infected at its Pacific and Atlantic ports.

15The conditions of trade and commerce during the World War were unusually favorable for the carrying of Influenza to the U. S. A.

America the great-souled, as always, acting most generously, putting herself on short rations in order to feed the starving millions of the world, and sending her ships with food and clothing to the Flu-infected ports, carried back the disease to her own people.

To date, number of Epidemics in Europe47
〃 〃 Pandemics 〃11

So with that in mind let’s try and get a balanced look and put this into perspective.