The world is full of scary possibilities whose mere mention can cause mass hysteria and anxiety. In the name of science, religion and defense, the cruel beast that is man has invented numerous terrifying things like nukes, terrorists, viruses and whatnot.
While these commonly known threats occupy people’sminds, there are several other things we should watch out for.
Here are five such threats:
In layman's terms, bacteria are what causes us to contact diseases. Antibiotics are then used to kill these bacteria. But the overuse of antibiotics has made some bacteria resistant to these medications. Hence, there is a genuine possibility that the medication we use regularly to get rid of general illness and disease would no longer work in future.
According to a World Health Organization report, "this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future; it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public health."
Without water, life on Earth would not be possible. But our water reserves are slowly being contaminated by algal bloom, which is basically the rapid increase in growth of algae in our aquatic system.
Another Smallpox Outbreak
The vaccination drives of the 19th and 20th centuries may have eradicated the smallpox, but its last two samples are still found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR in Koltsovo, Russia. If in wrong hands, these viruses could prove to be deadly.
Dependency On The Just-In-Time Food System
We Americans, more than anyone else, are completely dependent on the "just-in-time" food system that brings food from factories, industry farms, shipyards, etc.
Most stores have about four days of food supply on their shelves, which means that this overreliance on just-in-time food could create a massive problem in times of natural calamities.
Unlike other ailments, aneurysm doesn't give a sign or a warning. It often proves fatal within minutes of diagnosis. If that doesn't scare you, what will?