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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.


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Ebola Fact Sheet

Information by WHO about ebola virus disease

Ebola entry on Wikipedia

Information about ebola disease

Homeland Security Digital Library Pandemics and Epidemics

Including response plans for avian influenza, Ebola and Zika virus



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

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic


The book about pandemics and how to prevent it written by Bill Gates

Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB)

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

Specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health

Anticipating the next Black Death


Conversation with author and journalist Debora MacKenzie

BBC Pandemic

App for better understand of pandemics.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for everyone

Advice and links to 111 service etc

More Pandemics resources

Pandemics Blog Posts

Have you had coronavirus? UK COVID-19 antibody tests from £65

Have you had coronavirus? UK COVID-19 antibody tests from £65

Comparison of UK mail and clinic tests, plus a review of the Medichecks test

Types of coronavirus tests, and how accurate are they?

Types of coronavirus tests, and how accurate are they?

Do you know the difference between sensitivity and specificity?

How To Boost Your Immune System

How To Boost Your Immune System

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

Summary of London Futurists’ Engineering Greater Human Resilience Panel Discussion

Interesting thoughts from an international panel of futurists

Coronavirus Deaths UK Tracker

Coronavirus Deaths UK Tracker

Tracking UK COVID-19 deaths to see when the peak is passed

Recent News

Novel Claromer compounds fight viruses by targeting their protective membranes

Maxwell Biosciences - 02-Aug-2023

Inspired by human immunity, Claromers are revolutionary molecules which may overcome resistance in near future


COVID-19 continues to take a toll on Japanese life expectancy

Japan Times - 28-Jul-2023

Overall dropped by 0.42 years for men and 0.49 years for women in 2022 - second fall in a row


Air pollution intensifies Covid-19 impact, mirroring decade-older age

The Guardian - 21-Jun-2023

Scientists advocate for air pollution reduction, emphasizing its potential to improve health outcomes amidst pandemics and flu season


Diabetes medication metformin could lower long COVID risk by 41%, study suggests

New Scientist - 09-Jun-2023

Metformin may function as an anti-inflammatory and potentially reduce the viral load of SARS-CoV-2


Biological Age: A Dynamic Response to Severe Stress

Harvard Gazette - 24-Apr-2023

Helping the body recover from stress could contribute to increased longevity

More Pandemics News