CHAPTER 42 - THE PLAGUE
You would have to be living underground without any means of communication not to know about the coronavirus that is sweeping across the globe. What appeared to begin in December of 2019 in the Hubei province of China has spread rapidly to every corner of the globe. The number of cases as of 4/10/2020 reached to 1,684,833 and the number of deaths totaled 102,136 deaths worldwide. No one knows exactly when this strain of COVID-19 will slow down and completely come to a halt; however, the powers that be speculate that the virus could mutate in to a more deadly strain and return in the fall which could kill far more people than the current strain.
In book 3, TRANSFORMATION, of the COMING OF ANGELS series, a worldwide plague was written about as one of the means to eliminate populations throughout the world that the Graphites considered "surplus" population. Chapter 42 is titled "The Plague" and deals exclusively with a bacterial pandemic that quickly spread internationally, killing hundreds of millions of people throughout the planet. However, in book 1, STRANGE HAPPENINGS, a mystery illness turned into an epidemic killing 660,000 people worldwide. This bacterial strain was a prelude to a major pandemic that happened in the series several years later.
UPDATE - 4/23/2020 - CNN reported that a United Nations official warns that the coronavirus pandemic will cause multiple famines of "Biblical Proportions" in a matter of months. David Beasley, head of the U.N. World Food Programme says the pandemic will push an additional 130 million to the brink of starvation. Ten countries in particular are at risk : Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and Haiti. Factor in the locust swarms in Asia, Africa, and the middle east and you have a recipe for famine on an unprecedented scale.
We are living in very strange times and perhaps the time where our way of life will change as we know it. In book 3, TRANSFORMATION, Simon warned Jack, Kevin, Leslie, Angus and Mick that things will begin to happen and they need to prepare for natural disasters, plague, famine and war because they will happen. Perhaps we should heed Simon's warning and prepare for these situations as well. It is all about survival of the fittest.