Fear Porn Friday: Tuberculosis

If you’re cowering from COVID-19 then you should tremble at tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis is “spread through the air” so it’s the perfect excuse to adopt the surgical mask as this season’s must have fashion accessory.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria.

Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body.

Most infections do not have symptoms, in which case it is known as latent tuberculosis.

About 10% of latent infections progress to active disease which, if left untreated, kills about half of those affected.

The classic symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood-containing mucus, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

It was historically called “consumption” due to the weight loss.[8] Infection of other organs can cause a wide range of symptoms.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air when people who have active TB in their lungs cough, spit, speak, or sneeze.

People with latent TB do not spread the disease.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is the “big one”.

Tuberculosis caused about “1.5 million deaths” in 2018.

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/incidence-of-tuberculosis-sdgs

As of 2018 one-quarter of the world’s population is thought to be infected with TB.

New infections occur in about 1% of the population each year.

In 2018, there were more than 10 million cases of active TB which resulted in 1.5 million deaths.

This makes it the number one cause of death from an infectious disease.

More than 95% of deaths occurred in developing countries, and more than 50% in India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is available at a skid row near you!

About 80% of people in many Asian and African countries test positive while 5–10% of people in the United States population test positive by the tuberculin test.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis

A skid row or skid road is an impoverished area, typically urban, in English-speaking North America whose inhabitants are people “on the skids”.

This specifically refers to the poor, the homeless, or others either considered disreputable or forgotten by society.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skid_row

And if that wasn’t bad enough,

It’s now official!

Americans have been losing their minds since the late 1970s.

And it’s getting worse!

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr68/nvsr68_09-508.pdf

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/the-media-mad-cows/

In fact, more Americans die of Alzheimer’s Disease than Influenza.

https://web.archive.org/web/20200302003432/https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time.

It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia.

The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.

As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioural issues.

As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society.

Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death.

Although the speed of progression can vary, the typical life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease

This might explain why so many people have lost the plot with COVID-19.

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3 Responses to Fear Porn Friday: Tuberculosis

  1. Arthur says:

    See the book ‘Brain Trust – The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease’ by Colm A. Kelleher, Ph.D’

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