Even though this response is not addressed to me, Junebug, you covered a lot of ground and I have to jump in.
If the people suffering don't die their suffering is prolonged. The body breaks down. It is painful, death is mercy.
But given that for many, death is not mercy, and that there is no pattern (the good sometimes die well, the good sometimes die horribly, same for the bad) there are those of us who wonder what the fuck is going on if a god is involved.
Answer me a question please. If there is an afterlife of the spectacular kind, is dying such a terrible thing? Yes or no please.
Well, an accurate description of the afterlife, complete with a useful overview, a Facebook page, Flickr photos, etc. would be very helpful in deciding yes or no. The only thing I know about the afterlife is based on the hundreds of different and conflicting descriptions I have heard from various believers over the years. And an infinite existence is of no interest to me if it ends up being boring or otherwise less than dynamic and enjoyable. I can handle a lifetime of various disappointments, etc. Not not infinity.
Yes we cause viruses. Remember germ warfare? H-1-N-1? The nasty way food industry handles our meats. What about AIDS? Viruses only happen when humans or their food are nasty. There is a reason some theists say, clealiness is next to godliness.
You seem to be mixing up our ability to purposely or errantly muck with viruses with "causing" them. Viruses happen all the time in both the human and animal (and plant) worlds without any consideration of the moral/health practices of people. And did you know that people who are too clean all too often end up causing themselves and their families to have more allergies and to be more susceptible to disease than they otherwise would be. It is fitting, of course, that one can overdo cleanliness just like one can overdo the god thing.
Keep in mind that you live on a planet where sun cancers have gone up because of sunscreen (people spend more time in the sun because they think sunscreen makes them safe) and a world where the use of sea salt, which is seen by many as healthier, has caused blood pressure rates to go up because people think they can eat more of it. We humans can make anything a negative if given a chance.
Either way Ron freewill explains it. Which I have included in every answer I've given you. Freewill is a gift from God, IMO. Some people use it for good; some people abuse it.
And some people abuse the free will of innocent victims by raping/killing them. Which means that the bad guy gets to have more free will than the victim. Which is cute and all, but irksome otherwise. And until a believer can explain to me why freewill is important unless it gets in the way of a bad persons free will, I shall go ahead and consider the whole religious take on what free will is a bunch of bunk. If my freewill is currently important, and I'm busy using it either to believe in god or not, and along comes a bad guy (either a believer or not) and conks me over the head with a crowbar, how is my freewill of any use to me?
And before you run around saying I had a chance to believe or whatever before getting conked, you need also to be able to answer this. When the victim is a small child, or even a baby, who has had no chance to develop his or her free will, where is the wonderful part of that?