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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.

Pandemics News

Bird flu is spreading to other animals and may cause a pandemic in humans

Bird flu is spreading to other animals and may cause a pandemic in humans

Popular Science - 17-Jun-2024

The fatality rate for H5N1 is estimated to be around 50%

New vaccine may offer broad protection against both known and unknown coronaviruses

New vaccine may offer broad protection against both known and unknown coronaviruses

The Guardian - 06-May-2024

Vaccine has shown the potential to protect mice against range of coronaviruses,

Clear skies, clear lungs: Asthma emergencies dropped as air quality improved during lockdown

Clear skies, clear lungs: Asthma emergencies dropped as air quality improved during lockdown

The Guardian - 09-Feb-2024

Insights from Oxford study calls for continued action to improve air quality everywhere

Frozen ancient viruses in the Arctic could spark the next global pandemic

Frozen ancient viruses in the Arctic could spark the next global pandemic

Independent - 21-Jan-2024

Scientists develop monitoring strategies to mitigate the impact of frozen pathogens re-emerging

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Pandemics Resources

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World Health Organization (WHO)

Specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health

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

COVID-19

Amazon

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

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Amazon

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

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Pandemics Blog Posts

Have you had coronavirus? UK COVID-19 antibody tests from £65
04-Feb-2021

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?
25-Jan-2021

Types of coronavirus tests, and how accurate are they?

Do you know the difference between sensitivity and specificity?

How To Boost Your Immune System
14-Jan-2021

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
27-Apr-2020

Summary of London Futurists’ Engineering Greater Human Resilience Panel Discussion

Interesting thoughts from an international panel of futurists

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