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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: 2) by barbara hudson on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:10AM (4 children)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:10AM (#950405) Journal

    China will always seek to be outraged at the slightest provocation. It's one way to draw attention away from their 1 million Urgers in concentration camps.

    If they're offended by a flag, they're really going to hate me. Every time I hear "coronavirus", I keep hearing the tune "9 Coronas."

    It's like a virus ... " do dah do da do da Nine Coronavirus!"

    I can't be the only one ....

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:13AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:13AM (#950407) Journal

    s/Urgers/Uyghurs/g

    Speaking of them, I wonder if they will get the best coronavirus "treatments" in their vocational education and training centers. Cough cough.

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  • (Score: 2, Offtopic) by VLM on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:04PM (1 child)

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:04PM (#950601)

    China will always seek to be outraged at the slightest provocation.

    We have an entire political party in the US devoted to self hate, which is actually pretty rare worldwide.

    China is normal; it just feels weird for us, to see a government that doesn't hate its own people.