As you all may know by now, people are under a lot of stress afflicted by the COVID19 Pandemic that started in December 2019 and has not ended as of this publication.
Over the next five consecutive days I am going to write an essay on five different pandemics from long ago.
Imagine you’re laying in bed. You have a fever and chills. You’re vomiting, you have muscle pain and you’re really, really tired. What is it you think you have?
If you answered Malaria, you are indeed correct. Now let’s delve a little bit deeper into what exactly Malaria is. If you’re like me I’m a bit unfamiliar with the disease so I had to do a bit of research myself.
When a female anopheles mosquito infected by the Plasmodium parasite bites an uninfected human, the parasite travels to the liver. At this time, the parasite can choose to lie dormant for up to a year or it can choose to immediately travel through the red blood cells and infect the body at which time the symptoms will begin to develop.
This sounds like something you might not want to experience in your lifetime, so you may be wondering “Which countries should I refrain from travelling to?” or “What may make me at higher risk?”
Allow me to answer these questions (and even others you may have) the best that I can.
Countries that you should certainly refrain from traveling to are Africa, Asia, South America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, parts of the Middle East and even some Pacific Islands.
Being a resident of the following areas can make you a risk factor: African countries south of the Sahara Desert, the Asian subcontinent, the countries of New Guinea, Dominican Republic or Haiti.
If you are a young child or an infant, an older adult traveler coming from areas devoid of Malaria or a pregnant woman, you can be at risk of serious disease.
Poverty, lack of knowledge and little to no access to health care are also contributors to Malaria.
Residents of a region oftentimes afflicted by Malaria can be so frequently exposed to the Malaria disease that they acquire partial immunity; however, if they relocate from said area in to a region NOT afflicted by the disease they can lose said immunity.
And that concludes Day One of Five of what I’m referring to as “The Pandemic Chronicles”!
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