How pandemics spread
There are several ways disease spread, the most common ways are airborne, direct and indirect contact, and through exchanging bodily fluids (insect bites, saliva exchange, blood exchange.) These types of transmissions all affect how well a disease spreads.
Planes, Trains, and influenza
It’s also important to look at human connections as a factor for how disease spreads. Means of transportation play a significant factor in disease spread as well. Planes, trains, and automobiles go all over the world and the larger spread of people, the larger potential for a disease to spread. According to transportgeography.org, over the past 300 years there have been 10 major influenza pandemics. One of the most severe ones, the 1918 Spanish flu, was one of the most deadly due to the disease spreading by transportation, having global coverage by the 20th century. In short, As transportation has become more effective, so has the quickness a disease can spread and become a global issue
“Ok, so what?”
It’s great to know how pandemics spread, because it reaffirms just how important it is to stop pandemics. The more connected we are as a community, the more we present a danger to each other. Which is exactly why we need to use our connection to help everyone. Simple but incredibly effective things like herd immunity and Hygiene are super important to reduce germs and bacteria, and wearing masks are great ways to keep your bacteria and germs from spreading. More information on the sections talking about the importance of hygiene, herd immunity, and the importance of masks.