USA is particularly impacted. I remember when USA was not a big country and I lived in one the most sparsely populated areas in the country.. Nowadays hard to find any place that is not growing except for hell-holes that nobody will live in. Locally we are doubling population every 10 years here in the middle of nowhere in one of the slowest growing states.
A bigger population is a bigger empire for the rich 1%. Plus expanding population of serfs, poorer sheeple, may start shooting each other, spread disease, buy drugs, eat cheap junk food, or otherwise degrade their ability to comprehend what is going on or vote out the bums. Give them bread and circuses and collect some percentage of what they spend as profits to expand and strengthen the global empire.
Some countries are growing slower but overall population is still growing exponentially within 1% of its peak growth rate.
The coming plague will probably stop this growth and maybe kill off half the population or more. This will help the rich get a bigger share of the pie but the pie will be smaller and many rich may die too. Not a good outcome.
Study medicine to help both rich and poor prepare for catastrophe.
the total number of humans living on Earth. As of July 2015, it was estimated at 7.3 billion. The world human population has experienced continuous growth since the end of the Great Famine and the Black Death in 1350, when it was near 370 million. The highest growth rates – global population increases above 1.8% per year – occurred briefly during the 1950s, and for longer during the 1960s and 1970s. The global growth rate peaked at 2.2% in 1963, and has declined to 1.1% as of 2012.