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

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: 0, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:11AM (2 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:11AM (#950369) Homepage

    We've been pretty fucked by China as well. They've stolen almost all of our technology, worked with Jews to subvert America culturally and especially at the college level, buying up expensive American properties with dirty money and exerting the leverage those property values have on "Fifth-columnist Feinstein" (herself having a Chinese spy as her confidant for over a decade) and now they might even be bringing us lethal diseases when we realize the jig is up and want to get both Feinstein and her Chinese handler death-sentences at Gitmo.

    And yet the Jewish gatekeepers keep awarding Chinese "academics" and other suspect solicitors open arms into our security industries. My question is, where were the fuck all of you who were supposed to stand watch on our security industries? Are you all Jews? Were you too cowardly to not say anything about that?

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:59AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:59AM (#950399)

    I can't believe that someone as obviously retarded as you could possibly figure out how to use a computer to post here. Did your boyfriend help you?

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:01AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:01AM (#950402)

      Ah, so the 50c army strikes back in a little over 2 hours, I see.