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The papers and news are full of the latest virus from China which is set to decimate the global population.

 

We now have the first confirmed death outside Hubai province and three people are being tested for it in Scotland.

 

Haven't we been here before with SARs and the Bird Flu? Global hysteria followed by zilch.

 

Meanwhile there were nearly half a million deaths from Malaria in 2018.

 

A whole world of meh.

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2 hours ago, taxman said:

Haven't we been here before with SARs and the Bird Flu? Global hysteria followed by zilch.

Yes, but the papers need something new to try and scare people with.

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2 hours ago, taxman said:

The papers and news are full of the latest virus from China which is set to decimate the global population.

 

We now have the first confirmed death outside Hubai province and three people are being tested for it in Scotland.

 

Haven't we been here before with SARs and the Bird Flu? Global hysteria followed by zilch.

 

Meanwhile there were nearly half a million deaths from Malaria in 2018.

 

A whole world of meh.

And between 50 million to 100 million deaths from Spanish Flu in 1918... 

 

Just because SARs or Bird Flu didn't end up killing millions of people, it doesn't mean that a new virus couldn't. It is therefore important that the world takes things like this seriously whilst we don't have a vaccine or really know the severity of the thing. 

Edited by Robin-H

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The Chinese authorities have stopped all public transport and have reportedly blocked some roads in Wuhan (which hilariously auto correct has tried to change to Wigan!) And that's a city of 11 million people. So we'll either have a near apocalypse or just 11m really fed up people looking suspiciously at their loved ones the minute somebody coughs.

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"Kaletra is a co-formulation of two protease inhibitors: lopinavir and ritonavir. It is an experimental drug for coronavirus that depends on pro- tease for cleavage of polypeptides and formation of viral structure."

 

This drug is used in the treatment of HIV disease.Since the discovery  of HIV, the medical profession know more about the component parts of viruses and retroviruses then ever before . Although Coronaviruse is not a retrovirus. I would not be surprised to see antiretrovirus medication ,being used in experiments to find a treatment for Coronavirus.

 

Edited by petemcewan

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14 hours ago, Robin-H said:

And between 50 million to 100 million deaths from Spanish Flu in 1918... 

 

Just because SARs or Bird Flu didn't end up killing millions of people, it doesn't mean that a new virus couldn't. It is therefore important that the world takes things like this seriously whilst we don't have a vaccine or really know the severity of the thing. 

 

No but in it's current form it's not that lethal, deaths have been in elderly people or those with existing health problems.

The worry is if it mutates to become more deadly, but thats still only a possibility.

 

It's certainly not something to panic about over here, the Chinese have been pretty diligent in their response so far.

Edited by geared

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17 hours ago, taxman said:

The papers and news are full of the latest virus from China which is set to decimate the global population.

 

We now have the first confirmed death outside Hubai province and three people are being tested for it in Scotland.

 

Haven't we been here before with SARs and the Bird Flu? Global hysteria followed by zilch.

 

Meanwhile there were nearly half a million deaths from Malaria in 2018.

 

A whole world of meh.

Lets hope its a concidence that at ground zero, Wuhan, a lab was opened to study the most dangerous viruses, including related ones such as SARS:

 

https://www.nature.com/news/inside-the-chinese-lab-poised-to-study-world-s-most-dangerous-pathogens-1.21487

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17 hours ago, taxman said:

Haven't we been here before with SARs and the Bird Flu? Global hysteria followed by zilch.

And all the scare stories about climate change?

 

But should we just ignore, or should we say the evidences says its a 50-95% change of happening?

And actually make changes, just in case. Because 100 deaths is way too many.

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The coronavirus is dangerous because the virus can transfer by human to human contact.  

 

It can spread  everywhere   because Wuhan has international airport with flights to many countries.  

 

The China Government has closed  the airport , train and bus stations and lockdown the city of  11 Mil inhabitants .  It must be a Guiness Record  to confine so many people.

 

So far about 25 fatalities reported in Wuhan. ( by Guardian newspaper ).

Edited by topflat29
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It would be interesting to know  if it is fatal only in those  with predisposing  health conditions .

 

"Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, and upper respiratory disease in chickens. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections, which are often mild, but in rare cases are potentially lethal."

 

If it does "take off" it will follow Farr's Law and plateau and hopefully not many people will die.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by petemcewan

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Distasteful as it is the world is overdue a culling virus to bring the population down.

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