What Can Future Pandemics Hold?

As predictions go, pandemics are one of the scariest. Inevitable and with a huge unknown quantity, pandemics are something that even the World Health Organisation are urging people not to ignore, with the frightening forecast that there will be, “sometime in the future, an event that will kill…somewhere between 80 and 90 million people.”

There are lots of hypothetical situations and theories about where a virus will come from, what it will do and the devastation it will have. In fact, there are already scientists working on vaccines that the human population may need in the event of a global outbreak. There’s actually a World Health Organisation Global Vaccine Plan!

In this infographic, we take a look at some of the possible pandemics of the future and how you can best prepare yourself against the spread of germs.



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Whether you like listening to NPR, casually browsing through your CNN app, or checking Facebook like most people, the dawn of the Zika virus was the headline on almost every news source a few weeks ago. So what exactly is it?

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of infection include muscle pains, joint pains, headache, pain behind the eyes, and conjunctivitis. In and of itself, the zika virus instigates a fairly mild reaction in the human body, being most harmful to the youngest children, oldest adults, and pregnant women, the last of whom carry a risk of transmitting the virus to the fetus and causing possible microcephaly (underdeveloped brain and accompanying learning and developmental disabilities). There is no cure for the virus as of yet and treatment is primarily symptomatic, simply allowing the infection to run its course.

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