“It begins with a mild fever and malaise, followed by a painful cough and shortness of breath. The infection prospers in crowds, spreading to people in close reach. Containing an outbreak requires contact tracing, as well as isolation and treatment of the sick for weeks or months.
This insidious disease has touched every part of the globe. It is tuberculosis, the biggest infectious-disease killer worldwide, claiming 1.5 million lives each year.
Until this year, TB and its deadly allies, H.I.V. and malaria, were on the run. The toll from each disease over the previous decade was at its nadir in 2018, the last year for which data are available.
Yet now, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, consuming global health resources, these perennially neglected adversaries are making a comeback. “
David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT Comment:
Thank you Apoorva Mandavilli. What a gut wrenching story. It would be wonderful, if the world community wanted to provide affordable or free health care to all the 7. 6 billion humans on the planet. Here is my deal, I work for that, if it includes comprehensive family planning, and and effort for negative population growth. Scientists like Edward O Wilson, or some of his friends, have suggested that the worlds ecosystems and non human species would be much better off if the human population was not greater than 4 billion. Any number greater than that is probably unstainable, without the crowding out of many other species. So, we can do like grownups. or let nature do it with pandemics, floods, famines, fires, droughts, and civil wars.
David blogs at InconvenientNews.Net, and is the author or The Tay Son Rebellion, an historical fiction on 18th century Vietnam.