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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the clearing-the-air dept.

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2020/01/27/coronavirus

As the world knows, we face an emerging virus threat in the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. The problem is, right now there are several important things that we don't know about the situation. The mortality rate, the ease of human-human transmission, the rate of mutation of the virus (and how many strains we might be dealing with – all of these need more clarity. Unfortunately, we've already gone past the MERS outbreak in severity (which until now was the most recent new coronavirus to make the jump into humans). If we're fortunate, though, we'll still have something that will be worrisome, but not as bad as (say) the usual flu numbers (many people don't realize that influenza kills tens of thousands of people in the US each year). The worst case, though, is something like 1918, and we really, really don't need that.

[Ed note: The linked story is by Derek Lowe who writes a "commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry". He is perhaps best known for his "Things I Won't Work With" blog entries which are as hilarious as they are... eye opening. I have found him to be a no-nonsense writer who "tells things as they are", holding no punches. The whole story is worth reading as he clearly explains what a coronavirus is, about the current one that reportedly originated in Wuhan, China, what could be done about it, how long that would likely take, and what can be done for those who have already been infected. --martyb]

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:01AM (2 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:01AM (#950358) Homepage

    I think we should first talk about the Jews seeking to work with China [nbcboston.com] against America's best interests. It's not the first time the Jews helped facilitate the transfer of America's secrets to its enemies.

    There are 3 things working to destroy the United States of America now, and they are: Jews, Chinese, and Mexicans. The sooner we send all those chucklefucks back to their home nations or put them in camps, the better.

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  • (Score: 2) by istartedi on Wednesday January 29 2020, @06:03PM (1 child)

    by istartedi (123) on Wednesday January 29 2020, @06:03PM (#950748) Journal

    I've seen your ID for a long time here, and I had no idea you were like that. You should change it to Cocaine-fueled [npr.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @08:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @08:29PM (#950828)

      Most of us think stupidity-fueled would be more appropriate.