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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.

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

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Institute

Independent monitoring body for global health crises created by WHO and World Bank

Institute

Specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health

Event

Conversation with author and journalist Debora MacKenzie

Information

Including response plans for avian influenza, Ebola and Zika virus

Application

App for better understand of pandemics.

Book

The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

Information

Advice and links to 111 service etc

Information

Questions and answers covering symptoms, risks and treatment

Company

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

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Pandemics Blog Posts

Have you had coronavirus? UK COVID-19 antibody tests from £65
04-Feb-2021 Comparison of UK mail and clinic tests, plus a review of the Medichecks test

Types of coronavirus tests, and how accurate are they?
25-Jan-2021 Do you know the difference between sensitivity and specificity?

How To Boost Your Immune System
14-Jan-2021 Help your body to help yourself with these easy tips on improving your immune system

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

Recent News

Senolytic drugs improved survival rates in coronavirus-infected mice

SENS Research Foundation - 07-Oct-2021

Boosts immune response by clearing senescent cells; a potential treatment for COVID-19 in humans

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Covid-19 hit hardest in men, cutting their life expectancy by over an year

BBC - 23-Sep-2021

Life expectancy will recover in the future, but with a 'slower growth'

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A 12-week Better Health campaign to help you lose weight and stay active

BBC - 26-Jul-2021

Free support and guidance to shed those excess kilos gained during lockdown

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US life expectancy dropped by 1.5 years in 2020, mostly due to COVID-19

Independent - 21-Jul-2021

Largest drop since world war II, mainly affecting Black and Hispanic Americans

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UK recorded more deaths than births for first time in 40 years

BBC - 25-Jun-2021

Covid may not be the only reason; fewer births and older population also fuel death rates

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