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COVID-19 virus thread (formerly Wuhan coronavirus)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aimeeandbeatles, Jan 22, 2020.

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  1. Old Hippy

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    if you follow my link to the bottom you can actually contact the only lab in China that is certified to international standards to work on these types of Virus
    the '' Wuhan Institute of Virology ''... if anyone is there to answer
     
  2. hobbsyoyo

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    @Zkribbler has been reporting on this going on right now in the Philippines - people keep coming back to an active volcanic area, trusting they can get out in time the next time it erupts because they got away last time.
     
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  3. aimeeandbeatles

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    I don't want to die. :(
     
  4. Synsensa

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    Your mother is a far greater risk to your lifespan than this is.
     
  5. FriendlyFire

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    Why are we allowing companies to patent viriuses ?

     
  7. Thorgalaeg

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    Bah, virus can be stopped with vaccination and such.

    I find much more worrying the ever growing antibiotics resistency crisis. Bacteria can kill you in an infinite number of horrible and creative ways.
     
  8. Old Hippy

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    Thats a very good question.... [censored] if I know
    Ask the Wuhan Chinese Lab that is disbuting the patent
    I have already left you contact details so you can you ask them... but don't expect a reply just yet from Wuhan...its chinese new year
     
  9. The_J

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    In theory they shouldn't be able to. Because you can patent inventions, and you didn't invent the virus (or anything biological).
    (This is obviously simplified, and a well known repelled patent case is the one for the breast cancer genes, but a friend of mine is a patent laywer in the field, and apparently this is pretty complicated).

    You can also vaccinate against bacterial threats (e.g. tetanus is a bacterium), and we are far away from having proper vaccines against influenza, ebola, or any against HIV.
    So... all of them are threats, but this one is urgent right now.


    And lol, will ask my virology colleagues what they think about the conspiracy theories :lol:.
     
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  11. red_elk

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    No, the grand irony is that you consider it insane government propaganda when Chinese people think similar things about US :)
     
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  12. aimeeandbeatles

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    $$$
     
  13. hobbsyoyo

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    The bat's diabolical plan to extract revenge on the humans for spreading the fungal plague that wiped them out is working as intended then.
     
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  14. red_elk

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    1354 confirmed cases, +438 last day. Spreads with accelerating rate so far.
     
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    Coronavirus is an absurd choice for a bioweapon. It has low fatality and high human-to-human transmisibility, which is the opposite of what you'd want from a bioweapon.

    Even if you're a cartoon villain and want to infect the entire world, it mostly kills the young and elderly, rather than say, people of conscription age.

    If you look at the probable H1N1 leak, nobody thinks it was bioweapon related, it was just a mistake at a lab.
     
  16. Commodore

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    The difference being that I'm joking around. The Chinese on the other hand legitimately believe, because of their government's propaganda, that the US would do something like that.
     
  17. PPQ_Purple

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    Honestly I think that the panic about it is hilarious. I mean, seriously. Yes, it is tragic that 42 people died. But that's 42 people in a nation of 1.5 billion. Even if everyone infected was to drop dead immediately that would still be just a 1/1500000 danger. More people die of the flue than that. Literally.

    So I genuinely do not understand why people are getting so worked up about all this.
     
  18. red_elk

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    The Spanish flu pandemic also started with few dozens people dead, killed tens of millions.
    This thing can be dangerous if uncontained. The main problem is that people can get infected by other people (unlike bird flu).
    I also don't think there are reasons for panic, but wouldn't call it hilarious.
     
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    Do we already know how long a person is contagious after being infected ?

    EDIT
    I hope this story is not correct
     
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    It's CHINA, therefore it's SCARY
     
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