SARS: coming soon to your town

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 20:58:42 +0100 (CET)


On Wed, 26 Mar 2003, Joseph S Barrera III wrote:

> > (3) This kind of disease tends to become
> > milder as it spreads.
> 
> Why does this happen?

Because it's a new virus, and maladapted. A pathogen wants to cruise
around in an infectious host checking out fresh booty, not get trapped
within a dead host.

Inversely, promiscuity makes a pathogen more vicious.
 
> And how much more bad shit is going to happen
> before things start getting better?

1918 influenza pandemic killed 20..40 MPeople. SARS is not even a blip on 
the radar screen yet.

> I mean, .... Crap. Really, now.

    I had a little bird, 
    Its name was Enza. 
    I opened the window, 
    And in-flu-enza.