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Sat Jan 18, 2020, 07:17 AM

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

Source: BBC


By James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent
3 hours ago

The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC.

There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700.

Two people are known to have died from the respiratory illness, which appeared in Wuhan city in December.

"I am substantially more concerned than I was a week ago," disease outbreak scientist, Prof Neil Ferguson, said.


Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51148303

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sl8 Jan 18 OP
bucolic_frolic Jan 18 #1
defacto7 Jan 18 #2
NRaleighLiberal Jan 18 #3
defacto7 Jan 18 #4
paleotn Jan 18 #5
California_Republic Jan 18 #6
Yavin4 Jan 18 #9
Farmer-Rick Jan 18 #7
Takket Jan 18 #8
Yavin4 Jan 18 #10
NickB79 Jan 19 #11
Farmer-Rick Jan 19 #12

Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 08:06 AM

1. Mother Nature ain't going down without a fight

anymore than Democrats

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 08:18 AM

2. Mother nature isn't going down. The human species is going down.

Once the earth has brushed us off it will heal and continue as if we never existed. Our entire existance on this planet is just a passing itch.

But that doesn't match up with your analogy. Hell yeah, Democrats aren't going down without a blistering fight, not this one anyway.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 08:19 AM

3. this, exactly. WE are the infection.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 08:32 AM

4. Yep, we don't give back after borrowing what's necessary.

We feed on our host until the host dies or we do, the definition of a virus. In this scheme we are like a summer cold to the planet. We will pass. Pushing the narative, I bet the earth builds an immunity to the likes of our kind once we're gone. What a wonderful system mother earth is.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 11:00 AM

5. More like locusts....

but even they are a naturally occurring phenomenon and important in certain ecosystems. Evolution produces some "woopsies" every now and then and we're simply the latest in a long line. Those novel mutations we collectively call intelligence got a bit out of control. For all our perceived "power", it's human arrogance to think we can extinguish life on this planet. Only astronomical forces can and only the most extreme ones at that. Life is far more tenacious and vastly more ancient than we can even imagine with our puny brains.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 11:34 AM

6. The earth is alive

The earth is alive

Saw this show that said the earth behaves very much like a living organism. And yes it has an infection now and a fever.

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Response to California_Republic (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 11:53 PM

9. When we disappear, the earth will say...

"Wow, that was crazy. Humans are nuts. Alright, who's next?"

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 08:44 PM

7. What is going on in China?????

Ok so China was at the center of the bird flu. In 2019, most of the pig population of China died due to the African Swine flu. And now this disease.

I wonder why they seem to be at the center of new diseases?

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 11:21 PM

8. several factors.....

extreme population density hastens viruses spreading, rampant air pollution in the cities weakening immune systems to start, lots of close contact with animals coupled with healthy and food safety standards being much less, exotic diets...

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 11:55 PM

10. Lax regulations

China is learning the lessons that the West learned in its early days of capitalism. As you grow, you must have strong regulations otherwise the population becomes vulnerable to disease.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 19, 2020, 08:43 AM

11. Humans and pigs are very close immunologically

Many viruses that can replicate in pigs can also replicate in humans. And China had the world's largest hog herds.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 19, 2020, 08:49 AM

12. Yes, they even had a strategic pork reserve.

But they are all dead now.....well almost all.

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