We live in a complex world, undoubtedly. When you think of everything that is possible, the things we can do, the places we can go across the globe- there are things we need to be aware of that can affect our bodies.
This comprehensive list from the team at NY Requirements .com ranks the fastest spreading viruses in world history. Reading this list I’m sure you will see many familiar viruses that you may have had yourself growing up throughout childhood or most recently during the current pandemic.
The number one fastest spreading virus in the history of man, is the measles, with a reproduction rate of 15 it is by far the most contagious. A close second being chicken pox, and I remember the unpleasant nature of this virus like it was yesterday. I recall having chicken pox around 10 years old. I was in the third grade, and out of nowhere it seemed, I had the most intense itch fits! My mother would draw a warm bath and sprinkle this brown translucent powder under the faucet. Oatmeal baths are a common remedy to stop the itching. While it may seem weird, I enjoyed the smell of the bath and I felt instant relief. If you get chicken pox later in life, they are called Shingles and the virus tends to be more intense and painful.
The current climate of our healthcare is largely focused around COVID-19, which falls on this list three times. At number four there is the omicron variant, eleven is the alpha, and at number nineteen you have the original strain.
I found it really interesting that Polio was spreading faster than the common cold. The main message that screamed in my mind while reading this list was that we need to make sure to take care of ourselves and others by practicing a few simple things: wash our hands frequently, cover our mouths when we sneeze or cough, and practice good hygiene.