So far, the disease has only affected six people on Earth so far, though that could increase soon. Scientists are getting ready to get ready for the next big pandemic. The CDC estimates that the current number could reach 7 million by 2025, which would increase the number of cases by 400 percent.
If you know someone who’s sick, please get them to an emergency room. People shouldn’t wait until the weather is bad (it was a good weather day at NASA yesterday) for an opportunity to get checked out. And they should stay home when they’re sick as well.
And remember, we need to be prepared for this pandemic. We need to get an estimate of how many influenza deaths have been traced to this season, and to how many of those deaths were related to the weather.
Scientists are also working on monitoring the impacts of seasonal flu and the impacts of Zika. For the time being, we can’t avoid the idea of a future climate where there would be a lot more severe weather events, and people could get sick after a few months of a tropical or stormy season.