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Historical Insights into Pandemics
The world is all caught up in the ramshackles of the novel corona pandemic , rendering it still , stagnant , as if life now refuses to move forward and is lodged and sobbing, in the misery of the uncertainity caused by this virus which showed up in the recent past , who does not appear to bid adieu presently . Where life once thrived in it’s prime , hustling bustling was the norm , trangressing through days , our dreams on expedite , our visons in full bloom , we now see unusual peace , empty roads , barren grounds , unharmed seas , uncut trees , places once simmering with tirades of folk , now forgotten as if everyone vanished into thin air .
The coronavirus pandemic transcends through out continents , and is a classic non traditional threat to the development of the countries . It has brought about nothing less of a fourth world war , the difference being we see the people of the world united in this ; nobody greater than the other , nobody better than the other , everybody at a standstill , rather everybody on the loosing side . In the guise of a pandemic , creating havoc , maiming lives not with bombs and guns , but solely by creeping into vectors overtly , this is a malicious enemy the world has to fight with .
The ancient man had to find his way to thrive in the midst of an environment unbeknownst to him . He was nascent to nature itself , and therefore not knowing it’s ways he perished in huge numbers , with the incubation period of the diseases being so negligible that it spread frivolously , and wiped off many a man from the face of Earth in a small window of time mercilessly . Though as the human body started evolving , habituating itself into the torrent which it was subjected to , we as organisms developed a defence , immuning ourselves from diseases , which could kill in the recent past , now being reduced to mere infections and from there on nothing . Man now started evolving as a being too , going beyond his purpose of simply existing , with the desire to quench his curiosity , now not just a loon , not a mere puppet in the hands of the Earth , but rather asserting his own will of wanting not to plainly survive , but thrive .
Therefore he started researching , creating , questioning . He was and still is , on a quest to render mortality as a myth , to stand up against inevitable death , to maim the intricate web of balance put in place by mother nature , ready to let it collide like a brittle cascade of domino , just for his own good , or rather to see himself in the right , now his ego being his puppeteer .
History is the strongest witness , it is the jury of immortal time , and it has only buttressed the fact that the course of nature hasn’t always been favourable to mankind . The earliest instance of this can be traced back to the primordial era of the great Roman Empire , to the 165 th AD , when the Romans were on their seige in the Medditarreanean , of the city of Seleucia . This is when they caught the Antonine Plague , which is also known as the Plague of Galen , after the Greek physician who harboured the remedial research of this plague . It has been known to have orginated in China a few years before it rampaged the Roman Empire , to burgeon it into it’s fall . The Silk Road , which was trans – Asiatic , passing through the Medditerenean , is known to have brought forth the plague from China , and affect the Romans whilst their seige . The Romans on their return from Mesapotamia exacerbated the effect , therefore bringing ruin upon themselves .
In the record of Galen , it has been made clearly evident that , the plague caused a rampage amongst the Romans , few of it’s symptoms being diarrhea and skin eruptions . It is said to have been the ‘harbinger’ , of the Fall of the great Roman Empire . Under the lordship of the Great Marcus Aurelius , as we colloquially know him as the advocator of Stoicism , the empire bechanced upon hard luck to have caught the Antonine plague , reducing itself from a soaring eagle on the loose , to a frail bird , writhing in pain , now it’s wings being cleaved from it . With the descend in it’s troops and legions , the empire started the embark on it’s diminishing .
The Plague of Justinian , and the Black Death are pandemics which took a ravaging toll on people , were plagues of the era before the process of modernisation , which also happened to be the succesors of the Plague of Galen , in the perspect of causing a havoc .
The institution of community is ever evolving , adapting to new rituals , customs , advocating newer and more profound beliefs , and thus transcending into times which are more adept to the human nature and serve it’s needs of the present . Thus in this midst , habitually modernisation took place , which increased the mobilisation and movement of folks , from the farthest corner of the east to any clandestine town in the west . With the world simmering in the fury of industrialisation , arose the pandemic of Cholera . The third outbreak of cholera lasted from 1852-1860 , which had a devastating impact than it’s initial inceptions . It arose from the Delta of the Ganges in Asia , tearing through Europe , North America and Africa before , giving the mercy of having a window of finding a remedy for the same . The British physician John Snow , was succesful in finding contaminated water to be the reason , but till then it had maimed millions of lives .
The pandemic of Influenza , or commonly known as The Flu , kept evasing and throbbing the whole world like a powerful plunderer , striking on every instance it got . Since it’s first occurrence in the year of 1889 with a very alarmingly short incubation period , attacking humankind zealously , to being reined in, by demanding a medical revolution by 1968 , it occurred in several mutations , ranging from H2N2 , H3N2 , and to the latest H1N1 . It came on like an assailant with the dexterity of striking differently everytime , therefore making it all the more difficult to curb it , for it gave no scope for anticiapting it’s next mutation . It has subjugated such destruction over spans of time , that marginalising it’s future malices is unnecessary as well as impossible .
Lastly , shedding light on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic is of paramount importance . From showing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo , in 1976 , it has wiped off about 36 million lives off the face of Earth , peaking during the period of 2005 to the year 2012 . Many have been affected , but still survived , and despite the pressing consequences laid upon by an individual when affected by HIV/AIDS , medical science has transgressed boundaries and has found out not remedial , but preventive and supportive measures , in order to give the affected folk , if not an assuredly long , but an assuredly better lease of life .
A historical insight into pandemics provides us with a retrospect of how we , united at a single front , joined hands , transcended beyond race , religion , color , sympathized irrespective of money , fame , power . How time waits for none , how evolving is the nature of humanity , how many a times has man been demanded to rise , just like a phoenix from situations which plumetted him into thorough ashes . How desolute being in distress is , but how at the same time , it is capable of uniting people , rather capable of compelling brotherhood in the minds of even the most stone hearted . It also seeks to highlight , how miniscule man stands , before the grandeur that is , nature .
Apart from reinforcing how many times has man been befallen with challenges , it also shows how he continues to thrive . How he breaks free from the shackles of ignorance , how he finds within himself the strength to stand tall , and most importantly to stand together !