Coronavirus

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  1. Lizzie

    Lizzie Well-Known Member

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    Okay - first up - absolutely no panicking or sensationalism or conspiracy theories or speculation going on inside my brain ... but I do find this sort of thing interesting from the view of "ignore respecting mother nature and she'll come at you with a big stick" ... and wondering why they named it after a beer

    Personally, I don't think we'll have a "pandemic" in Australia - we're not crammed in like sardines as some other countries and agree with the schools suggesting students returning from China stay home for a few weeks extra ... but might plant a few more veges in the garden

    In a recent simulation, a coronavirus killed 65 million people

    ... and then the link to the seven things governments can do ...

    Public-private cooperation for pandemic preparedness and response

    Gotta remember the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 infected 20% of the world population, and killed 50million (2.5% of the population). Granted, the virus was carried worldwide by returning servicemen - hygiene and healthcare was not up to today's standards - but nowadays we have more people in close contact and extensive international travel.

    I guess it depends how infectious the thing becomes
     
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    The Chinese family next door haven't returned from China for their son to go back to school ... am wondering :(
     
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    I'm in China right now, AMA.
     
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    I'd be extremely surprised if we got deaths in the double digits in Australia!
     
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    We are packed like sardines here in trains, trams and buses - and we do get people coughing and spluttering without masks on.....

    The Y-man
     
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    It is not named after beer, It is named after the crown of proteins on its surface that it uses to penetrate its host,
     
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    I'm sure it was tongue in cheek - hmmmm...hang on....

    No, coronavirus has nothing to do with Corona beer

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    Yes it was very much tongue in cheek in an effort to lighten a serious topic.

    I guess we're spoilt where we live. No sardines with very large personal bubble space, even in "crowded" spaces. Forget how those big cities can become become on public transport ... half expecting a summons to NZ and wondering whether to wear a mask at the airport and on the plane ...
     
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    My day job involves standing in a poorly ventilated room with no opening windows with up to 45 people, majority from overseas who have probably recently caught a plane ..... am I glad semester doesn't start until March....

    The Y-man
     
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    Speaking with my sister over the weekend, she's a GP. If this becomes a pandemic, she'd probably be on the front line.

    Her understanding is it's a fairly nasty virus, but most of the fatalities will be the usual people at risk with most flu's. The elderly, the very young, those who are already sick. It's a nasty virus, but the mortality rate is quite low compared to things like Ebola (which are high mortality but low transmission).

    A vaccine will become available, but these take months to develop, test & produce.

    She wasn't particularly concerned about it, but said the world would really know in about two weeks.
     
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    Until China gets rid of their so called 'Wet Markets' we will continue to see episodes like this regularly. These markets should all be burnt to the ground, the people live in the middle ages ... :eek:
     
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    I think if the 'other locations' trend line starts to look like China's then we my be headed for pandemic territory. For now it seems pretty well contained.

    Interesting is that the mortality rate is currently higher than the recovery rate, which may mean either it takes a while to get over, or that reporting recoveries isn't a priority.
     
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    Was waiting for this.... no offence but seriously what is reputable
     
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