Will the World End in a Deadly Viral Disease? | Apocalypse NowThis

Robert Frost once wrote, “Some say the world will
end in fire, some say in ice.” But what if it ends in everyone pooping their pants
and vomiting blood? Fear drives epidemics by making people dothings
that don’t make sense. We need to realize that there is one world and one health. Did you know that you can catch measles being in an elevator
two hours after someone with measles has been in the elevator? There is no boundary for antibiotic resistant bacteria. These illnesses can spread like wildfirethrough
the unvaccinated population. Remember the black plague?
It was like, the biggest bummer of the 1300’s. See that dip in the graph of the world population? That’s how many people died, you can actually see it on the damn graph. Then in 1918, not that long ago, like,
cars existed at this point, the Spanish flu killed over 50 million people
in a single year. That’s more casualties than World War One. To this day, scientists don’t understand what made
this one strain so destructiveand contagious. Then in 2009,
200,000 people worldwide died from swine flu. Unless I really missedsomething,
none of those diseases managed to wipe out all of humanity. In the developedworld, so far, we’ve stopped
disease epidemic on three fronts: Vaccines, antibiotics, and the simple fact that
certain really bad bugs are nearextinction. But those safety nets could be breaking down. Here’s what vaccines are up against. We do not need that many vaccines. The most vulnerable things you can do to a child who
doesn’t have an immune system is give them a shot. Now, obviously I trust venerated medical professionals like
Rob Schneider. But I went to talk to a real doctor just to double check. This is Dr. Emily Landon. She’s the head epidemiologist at the
University of Chicago medical center, working to prevent the spread of disease
within the hospital. Do you want to know what the most infectious
disease known to man is? Tell me. Measles. In fact, one in a hundred people with measles end up dead or in the hospital with a serious consequence
from their measles. And measles can spread through communities faster than any
other infectious disease. Of 10 people who have contact with someone with measles,
9 of them will get sick if they are not immune. Whenever you see an outbreak of measles in these communities
where they fear the vaccine more than they fear the disease, the ones who die are smallbabies who couldn’t of even
had a chance to get vaccinated. So, It’s not just the person who skips their vaccine
that’s going to get hurt, it’s everyone else. Is there any chance that that could come to a catastrophic
level where it’s an end of the world type thing? Absolutely. Probably more for it—there’s always going to be some people
in the United States that get their vaccines, and they’re going to be protected for the most part, right? But for people who don’t get their vaccines, there’s an absolutely
reasonable risk if the unvaccinated population grows and grows and grows that theseillnesses could spread like wildfire through
the unvaccinated population. But it isn’t even measles or anti-vaxxers that
really scare Dr. Landon. So, while I think that pandemic flu or measles are pretty bad things
and could sweep their way through a community, It’s bacteria that are really causing the majority
of the problems these days. We’ll get to antibiotic resistance in a minute,
but remember in our last episode when that documentarian guy talked about how disease epidemic
is actually linked to climate change? The relationship between humans and these microbes
has always been mediated by climate, and as the climate changes, that’s an area that people
are keepinga closeon. In 2016 in Siberia, there was an
unexpected outbreak of anthrax. 90 people were hospitalized
and 1 died. A 12 year-old boy. But the first victim? A reindeer who died 75 years ago. Its corpse, frozen in the ice. A heat wave melted that ice, releasing the reindeer’s corpse and the anthrax
that corpsfied it. But, we’ve got to worry about stuff
way older than 75 years too. Scientists found an 8-million-year old bacterium,
frozen, deep in the ice, and were able to bring it back to life. I’m pretty sure that’s literally an X-Files episode. What this all means, is that contagions are incredibly resilient. They want to survive just like any other living thing, and we’re trying to kill them with antibiotics. Lots of people think bugs are developing a
resistance to antibiotics. But Harvard Doctor, Francois Lebreton suggests
many bugs already had it for thousands of years. What we found in that particular studyis that
some of the bugs that are leading causes of hospital infection probably have acquiredsome traits as early as
400-500 million years ago. And even though the bugs are very different, they have
acquired some capabilities from those ancestors and they have kept those capabilities because they were
useful through times. And now since about 10 to20 years we are entering a different era where we see
the emergence of virus bacteria that are resisting to multiple antibiotics and even
some bacteria that are resistant to all antibiotics. Weneed to realize that it is one world
and one health. In other words, if there isa problem of antibiotic
resistance in a country that has very poor hygeine, this bug can spread. There is no boundary for antibiotic resistant bacteria. So this bug can spread to the U.S. Thereis a lot of tourist activity on the planet, a lot of flights, people are traveling
all around the globe and the bacteria are traveling with them. So, we’re having trouble convincing people to take vaccines
andeveryone’s taking way too many antibiotics. Humanity, get your shit together. We totally did get our shit together on smallpox. It’s completely dead. Except for two samples. One in Russiaand one held by the CDC in the United States. The World Health Organization has been like,
’get ridof this stuff.’ But like nuclear weapons, both Russia and the
United States have refused. In 2011, KathleenSebellius, then
the Secretary of Health and Human Services said that we need to keep oursamples of smallpox
on hand incase something does happen. Because having the samples means we can do the
research necessary toprevent a giant outbreak. Sebellius also said, it’s totally possible that samples of the virus
wedon’t know aboutstill exist. In 2014, some bottles labeled ‘smallpox’ were found
in an abandoned government building. Seriously! They were tested, and they had trace amounts of the virus still in them. But let’s say something does happen and there’s
anoutbreak of any disease, what would that be like? Well, it’ll be a little bit slow at first. You’ll hear about a few cases of an illness, you know,
where theyknow alittle bit about it and it’s spreading through a community somewhere. But you might see it start to spread to other communities
and then you’d start seeing it travel by air tofurther distant communities. That’s where things start to get really dicey. They go from being like, ‘oh that’s nobig deal, it’s nowhere near me
I’m not worried about it’ to ‘I’m terrified of this, I wanteveryonewho has a cold to be
locked intheir house forever.’ Fear is the enemy ofthese sorts of things. In fact, fear drives epidemics bymaking people
do things that don’t makesense,they mistrust information, they don’t believe things thatthey hear,
and then they do things that are dangerous. But thereissome good news. Beyond the amazingmedical developments that doctors, likeDr. Landon
and Dr. Loubetinhave helped to develop, bacteria and viruses need us to survive. The ultimate goal of the bacteria is just like us
survive to the conditions that surround them. Soyour hosts need to thrive. Without us tobreed in, disease is powerless to survive. You know what else would need usto survive? Next time.

33 thoughts on “Will the World End in a Deadly Viral Disease? | Apocalypse NowThis”

  1. Vaccines lower overall immunity that's why populations of unvaccinated kids have a lower mortality rate than a similar population of vaccinated kids.

  2. Make sure and get the vaccinations, hey we will even pay you….lol.
    Why? If those who get the vaccine are protected,
    why are you worried about them so much?

  3. That's why we need to regulate immigration,they need to be vaccinated and tested before entering our country.we can't let someone in with a untreatable disease.

  4. Which Mueller Museum did you shoot this video at? Looks like the one in Philadelphia – really sick but fascinating

  5. the fact that this topic attracted merely 18 thousand people in 2 years kinda suggests that most people will be hit unprepared when something like this comes (any form of extinction)…which might pose an advantage to people who will be prepared 😀 sad I know

  6. Guess its time to make some laws against stupidity. Why aren't parents whose kids die due to lack of immunizations charged with voluntary manslaughter, in the least?

  7. Figured it out. He meant there is no boundary for … His accent mangled the correct pronunciation of the word.

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