Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Overheard at Booth 3: The Little Book of Pandemics

The Little Book of Pandemics: 50 of the world's most virulent plagues and infectious diseases
Dr Peter Moore
Key Porter Books

It's a little out of date now .. about two pandemics short, including H1N1, and this new monster for 2020, our friend COVID19.

But I picked it up again to look through it to find something that might help explain this novel coronavirus, and lo and behold, I found this little gem about SARS.  The pages are below, but the origins, transmission, cause, and symptoms, are almost verbatim what COVID19 is.

But the most interesting little phrase was the last few sentences, which ended that SARS could have been so much worse, but then just disappeared.  poof!  gone! 

But what if it never truly left?  What if it has been laying dormant all these years, quietly mutating ... waiting for the next chance to strike?  And what if that strike is now?

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