Pandemics

Hopefully technology will one day be able to eliminate potential killers before they start to spread - but until then its necessary to be vigilant to the pandemics that don't differentiate between those with a plan to live forever and those without.

2020 UPDATE: Coronavirus is now officially a pandemic. The club is tracking UK deaths along with a history of government advice and key points in its history - view the Coronavirus UK Deaths Tracker.

What's the chance of a deadly disease annihilating the world's population? Some of the key factors are:

  1. ease of transmission - by contact or air
  2. is it infectious before symptoms so that public health measures can be used?
  3. how deadly is it? lots of novel flus are no worse than seasonal ones
  4. can it be prevented or treated?


Read more about: Coronavirus, Ebola.

Resources

Application BBC Pandemic - App for better understand of pandemics.

Information Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for everyone - Advice and links to 111 service etc

Information Coronavirus Resource Center - Questions and answers covering symptoms, risks and treatment

Company Inovio - Reshaping the future of treating and preventing cancer and infectious diseases by activating antigen-specific immune responses

Information Homeland Security Digital Library Pandemics and Epidemics - Including response plans for avian influenza, Ebola and Zika virus

Information Ebola entry on Wikipedia

Information Ebola Fact Sheet

Institute World Health Organization (WHO)

Institute Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB)

More Pandemics resources

Pandemics Blog Posts

Summary of London Futurists’ Engineering Greater Human Resilience Panel Discussion
27-Apr-2020 Interesting thoughts from an international panel of futurists

Coronavirus Deaths UK Tracker
22-Apr-2020 Tracking UK COVID-19 deaths to see when the peak is passed

How to track your temperature to spot coronavirus
14-Apr-2020 Fever is a key symptom of covid-19 – what is it, and how to spot its onset? Includes free Excel template to track and chart your temperature.

Coronavirus – 28 days later
11-Mar-2020 After 28 days, halving or doubling your infectiousness makes a 60x difference

Doomsday virus - it could happen to us in the blink of an eye
04-Jun-2015

Recent News

Coronavirus gives extra incentive for smokers to kick the habit

BBC - 15-Jul-2020

1.5 times as many smokers quit in the last year than usual - a rare long-term benefit of the pandemic

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The deadly link between air pollution and coronavirus

Guardian - 13-Jul-2020

An analysis to answer whether quality of air affects rise in pandemic cases

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Robotic scientists can do lab work faster

BBC - 06-Jul-2020

Does not mean that machines will be able to replace human scientists

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