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.
I'll add more individual pages - but for now the looming pandemic is Ebola.
What's the chance of a deadly disease annihilating the world's population? Some of the key factors are:
- ease of transmission - by contact or air
- is it infectious before symptoms so that public health measures can be used?
- how deadly is it? lots of novel flus are no worse than seasonal ones
- can it be prevented or treated?
Read more about: Ebola.
Homeland Security Digital Library Pandemics and Epidemics - Including response plans for avian influenza, Ebola and Zika virus
Pandemics Blog Posts
First US coronavirus patient treated using robot in isolation unit
Guardian - 23-Jan-2020
Unit can expand to 10 units - but would be overwhelmed with a full-scale pandemicRead more...
UK toughens up precautionary measures against the new coronavirus
BBC - 22-Jan-2020
Symptoms quite similar to that of seasonal flu, takes 5 days to appear once infectedRead more...
New coronavirus claims the second life in China
Independent - 17-Jan-2020
Are we heading towards a new pandemic?Read more...