The Next Plague?

by Alvi Rahman on April 3, 2014

I was watching the show “The Walking Dead,” which is a show that centers around a huge zombie apocalypse where suddenly an outbreak of disease erupts where it ends up killing millions of people. The infected then turn into zombies and my friend made a very interesting comment. “We need something like this again to lower the population of the Earth. We have too many people here and it’s decreasing the resources for the rest of us.” I thought this was a very relevant stance to take but I’m not sure if this is the way I want population to decrease. Yes, it is a problem because families are increasing at an alarmingly rapid pace and it looks as if the resources available for others is not increasing at the same pace. The same issue is happening in countries like India and China.

Right now, India is the world’s second largest country with 1.21 billion people. Right now, demographers believe that India’s population will overtake China, which is the number one populous country, by the year 2030. This is an astonishing statistic because India has only gained independence from the United Kingdom 60 years ago. (Rosenburg, 2011)

In addition to that, we have to consider that India is also still a developing country.


As you can see, this is a picture of India and it looks exceptionally crowded. This is what many cities in India look like in terms of population depth. In fact, many cities in South Asia look like this as well as many developing countries. The population is growing at an astonishly rapid pace with no signs of slowing down. (Rosenburg, 2011)

This is also the general trend as many other developing countries are growing as astonishing rates as well. These countries include Nigeria, Niger, Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda. In fact, Nigeria’s population is expected to overtake the U.S. population by the year 2050. (Gayathri, 2013)

As the years go by, science and technology is advancing to the point where life expectancy is also increasing. The average U.S. life expectancy is 76 years old while in other countries it is 86 years old. (Gayathri, 2013)


I want to bring up an issue called the Bubonic Plague. The sickness apparently began in Central Asia around 1347. This plague is famous for eliminating about half the population in Europe. It is estimated that the Bubonic Plague, termed “the Black Death”, has killed over 25 million people. This plague transformed the landscape of European history as it has affected many cities and created a drastic decline in population. There are many such instances in history of diseases but perhaps nothing has catastrophic as the Bubonic Plague. (Dowling, 2014)

The question remains right now is whether or not population should be controlled or it should be allowed to grow as normal. China has also implemented a policy that every family can only have one family, which is very interesting. They are taking a very proactive stance on the issue of population control as if it’s not taken seriously, it can affect all of us. A lot of people might be asking: how does this affect me?

It’s really important to realize that anyone can be affected by this issue. If the population is allowed to grow with no rate of control, it might create adverse issues for the rest of the world population. There will be an imbalance in the economy due to the lack of resources and also create a huge unemployment rate possibly. The huge population coupled with a limited amount of jobs will create massive competition. But critics have argued this may encourage stronger and more educated workers into the labor force but this is all speculation. Who knows? Maybe the “Walking Dead” is a show that might be tackling this issue of massive, widespread disease.



Rosenburg, M. (2011, April 1). India’s population . Retrieved from


Gayathri, A. (2013, June 17). India’s population will grow while china’s will begin to decline . Retrieved from


Dowling, Mike. “The Black Death at”. Updated January 13, 2014. Web. <>



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