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.

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:

  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?

Resources

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

Read more about: Ebola.

Recent News

Llama blood clue to beating all flu

BBC - 02-Nov-2018

Llama antibodies able to attack parts of flu virus that don't mutate

Prototype pandemic vaccine without the shot

Washington Post - 12-Sep-2018

Flocking to health centres for a shot could spread the infection.

China Won't Share Its Samples of a Deadly Flu Virus

Live Science - 28-Aug-2018

China is withholding samples of bird flu virus H7N9.