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

Over 1,000 deaths in new Ebola outbreak in DRC

Independent - 05-May-2019

Vaccine may be controlling outbreak for now, but could explode at any time

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Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo - still not a global threat

BBC - 12-Apr-2019

No need to declare a “public health emergency of international concern”

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Dangerous toxins accidentally released from labs every few days

VOX - 20-Mar-2019

All too easy to get lax about safety when you work with deadly materials every day

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