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Apocalyptic bird flu 'worse than Covid-19' could wipe out half the world, doc warns

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An American doctor is warning a plague that could decimate half the world's population might be around the corner, and it would make coronavirus look like child's play.

 

Dr Michael Greger, a vegan scientist who advocates the health benefits of a plant-based diet, has penned a new book called 'How to Survive a Pandemic'.

 

He says our obsession with animals, from keeping them as pets to hunting them for sport to turning them into burgers, makes human beings incredibly vulnerable to infectious diseases.

 

"Zoonoses" are infections that pass from animals to humans. Most of the viruses are benign, but some - such as tuberculosis and SARS - mutated and became lethal.

 

Some theories suggest the current coronavirus outbreak spread to humans from livestock at a Wuhan wet market.

 

Dr Greger says the most devastating disease in history could be lurking in chickens, of which there are a staggering 24 billion around the world - double what there was 20 years ago.

 

Chickens make up a huge part of the global agricultural industry, with their meat and eggs consumed in huge amounts in every country. Unfortunately many of the birds are kept in cruel battery farms, crammed together while being force-fed chemicals.

 

Dr Greger argues that these conditions make it very easy for a virus to spread to an entire flock - and then to humans.

 

He writes: "The more animals are jammed together, the more spins the virus may get at the roulette wheel while gambling for the pandemic jackpot that may be hidden in the lining of the chickens’ lungs."

 

Avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, infected a third of the world's population between 1918 and 1920, and killed 10% of them - making it the deadliest disease in human history.

 

In 1997 a new strain of the virus that causes bird flu emerged, known as H5N1, which crossed over into humans from poultry.

 

The outbreak in Hong Kong had an incredibly high mortality rate and killed a third of those infected.

 

Thankfully it was contained and only 18 people contracted the flu, showing it had a slow transmission rate.

 

But public health experts worried H5N1 might mutate further and gain the ability to replicate itself much more rapidly.

 

"The only thing I can think of that could take a larger human death toll would be thermonuclear war," one expert said.

 

H5N1 mostly affects the lungs but can also infect the bloodstream and damage internal organs.

 

It's thought that it could mutate to be ten times deadlier than the 1918 pandemic, with a mortality rate of up to 50% - potentially killing half the world's population.

 

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9 minutes ago, Thaivisa Web Content Team said:

and it would make coronavirus look like child's play.

this is a theory that others have cited; somehow we got lucky with covid-19; and it amounts to,basically, an ugly practice and assessing humans' defenses, such as they are

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Bird flu, I don't want that again!

 

Nature's revenge on man's abuse of the planet and it's animals. I see Covid 19 as a warning, all it takes is another easily transmitted virus that kills a higher percentage of those infected and we have had it.

 

Sheeesh, imagine 24 billion chickens! All of em shot full of antibiotics. Eat the meat and you get the antibiotic too. That's one of the reasons I went vegetarian.

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4 hours ago, Thaivisa Web Content Team said:

Dr Michael Greger, a vegan scientist who advocates the health benefits of a plant-based diet, has penned a new book called 'How to Survive a Pandemic'.

Does he want to sell his  new  book then.

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4 hours ago, Thaivisa Web Content Team said:

... chickens, of which there are a staggering 24 billion around the world - double what there was 20 years ago

I never knew that.  

 

 

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How to sell a self serving book propagating your plant based fallacies ... the body needs protein and fats, but strangely enough not carbohydrates.

 

 

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Half of the world population gone good be a good thing for the other half !

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4 hours ago, bodga said:

Why doesn't Thai Visa  follow its own rules on not  posting SCAREMONGERING

posts.

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do as i say not as i do ? 

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