The Virus–Talk Of The Town

Every blog of the information kind has had a post on the virus originating in China……that is all but IST… I will rectify that oversight by me.

News has come out that at least 100 people a day have been dying from this pandemic…..

China’s daily death toll from a new virus has topped 100 for the first time, with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded, the health ministry announced Tuesday. The spread of the contagion shows little sign of abating, the AP reports. Though more offices and stores in China have reopened after the Lunar New Year break, many people appear to be staying home. Health authorities are watching to see whether workers’ returning to cities and business resuming worsens the spread of the virus. Another 108 deaths were reported over the previous 24 hours, the National Health Commission said. That increased the death toll to 1,016, well beyond that of the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS, which comes from the same family of coronaviruses as the current pathogen. Newly confirmed cases fell slightly to 2,478 from 3,062 the day before, bringing the total to 42,638 on the mainland; some of those patients have since been released from hospitals.

The outbreak’s persistence is dimming optimism that the near-quarantine of some 60 million people and other disease-control measures might be working. Britain, meanwhile, declared the virus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” and said it would forcibly detain infected people if necessary. France tested scores of children and their parents after five British tourists contracted the virus at a ski resort. The director-general of the World Health Organization said that the agency is still unable to predict where the outbreak is heading but that he believes there is still an opportunity to contain it. “In recent days, we have seen some concerning instances of onward transmission from people with no travel history to China, like the cases reported in France yesterday and the UK today,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The detection of the small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire, but for now, it’s only a spark.”

There have been numerous advice comments and posts on how to avoid the virus….and then I saw this one and decided it was time for me to weigh in….

A US businessman named Rick Pescovitz wore a personal, transparent tent in the window seat of a commercial airliner.

Pescovitz — the brother of BoingBoing‘s David Pescowicz, who blogged about the ordeal — says he was reportedly to avoid contracting the deadly coronavirus that’s been claiming the lives of hundreds of people around the world.

Okay it was a publicity stunt….but think about it…..could prevent the spread if everyone walked around in this “tent” when out in public……you would not have to isolate yourself until the plague passes……

But not to worry….according to Trump it will be gone by April…..

After remaining relatively mum on the coronavirus thus far, Donald Trump told supporters at a rally in New Hampshire Monday night that the virus will be gone by April, claiming that when temperatures rise, “the virus” will “miraculously” go away. Unsurprisingly, he offered no scientific or medical explanation to support his theory. Nor was that the first time he’d floated the theory; earlier in the day, during a meeting with the nation’s governors, the president, a noted germaphobe, predicted that the whole thing will be wrapped up around Easter through divine intervention via the weather. “The virus that we’re talking about having to do, a lot of people think that goes away in April, with the heat, as the heat comes in, typically that will go away in April,” he said. Referring to the United States, he added: “We’re in great shape, though. We have 12 cases, 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”

So I am not worried in the bit now that he has spoken…..but ask yourself how would he know when it will end?

But not to worry again for there is a new one waiting in the wings…a new virus that is……

Researchers in Brazil have discovered an entirely new kind of virus that is so foreign to science that not even its genes have been previously identified. The virus, which is described in a new research paper, was found in a Brazilian lake in the city of Belo Horizonte.

As ScienceAlert reports, the virus has been named Yaravirus in honor of a Brazilian mythological figure known as “Iara,” and it’s posing an exciting challenge for researchers who are working to better understand its genome. The virus doesn’t qualify as a “giant virus,” which the international research team has discovered before, but it’s still incredibly unique.

Oh good, there’s a new virus in Brazil that scientists can’t even recognize

Just a thought!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

13 thoughts on “The Virus–Talk Of The Town

  1. Man what next? We already watch the skies for dooms-day oversized boulders heading for our planet. We worry some idiot Nation will launch a nuclear missile and start world war three. If we wait long enough, we’ll kill ourselves with climate change. Or at least pollute our planet so bad that life won’t be much worth living anyways.

    But I’m with you. The thing that scares me the most, is the likelihood of a new fast spreading, uncontrollable and deadly super-virus pandemic. Like the coronavirus, but with a spread-rate 30 or 50 or 100 times more efficient. And with a kill-rate in the 90% zone as the first outbreak of Ebola was. That scenario is probably more likely than you’d ever want to believe!

    So what else? An erupting super-volcano that is big enough to threaten our planet? Oh wait? Don’t we have some of those in waiting, already? Man, I think I could use a “forget about it” super and fast acting vacation! Anybody know a good place? You know — that’s not already — super-virus infected?

  2. In 1918, Spanish flu killed an estimated 50 million people.
    Coronavirus has killed less people than ‘normal’ flu this winter so far.
    As of today, I’m not panicking.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. As long as there are terrorist regimes in possession of laboratories, there will new plagues to be unleashed on humanity.

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