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Title    In The Pipeline: Coronavirus
Date    Tuesday January 28 2020, @11:38PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the clearing-the-air dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/28/1750243

An Anonymous Coward writes:

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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Original Submission

Links

  1. "MERS outbreak" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_respiratory_syndrome-related_coronavirus
  2. "usual flu numbers" - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html
  3. "1918" - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html
  4. "Machine Learning Comes to Biochemistry" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/02/13/0348200
  5. "Ignition! The Funniest, Most Accessible Book on Rocket Science is Being Reissued" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/02/05/040220
  6. "Another Failed Alzheimer's Disease Therapy" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/02/16/0116248
  7. "Marathon Pharmaceuticals is Part of the Problem" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/02/11/2116252
  8. "Lobbying Results in FDA Approval for Controversial Drug" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/09/21/0255259
  9. ""Right to Try" New Experimental Medicine and the Value of Experts" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/07/01/2349249
  10. "Cancer Hazard vs. Risk - Glyphosate" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/05/19/0131214
  11. "A Terrific Paper on the Problems of Drug Discovery" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/02/18/2021223
  12. "Things I Won't Work With" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/11/11/2335247
  13. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=38818

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