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:
- 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?
BBC Pandemic - App for better understand of pandemics.
Homeland Security Digital Library Pandemics and Epidemics - Including response plans for avian influenza, Ebola and Zika virus
Pandemics Blog Posts
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World Economic Forum - 27-May-2020
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11,000 avoided deaths in Europe owing to cleaner air during lockdown
Guardian - 30-Apr-2020
We need technology-driven, not pandemic-driven, solutions to air pollutionRead more...
José Luis Cordeiro looks at the positive opportunities from Covid-19
Lifeboat Foundation - 28-Apr-2020
Some interesting figures on how we are able to sequence new viruses faster and fasterRead more...