SARS: coming soon to your town
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,