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Comment: Re:Good episode of Frontline (Score 0) 119

by symbolset (#47900835) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
Ebola gets through healthy skin. This is one very nasty virus. Five virions on one skin cell is all it takes to be 100% certain the victim will be infected. One virion has a good chance. 90% of the infected die. One cc of blood from a terminal Ebola victim is more than enough virions to infect all mankind.

Comment: Re:Good episode of Frontline (Score 1) 119

by symbolset (#47900805) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
While there is a certain amount of local ignorance or incapacity of hygiene going on here, that does not mean that areas with different unsafe practices are safe. In the US we have borders porous to immigrants, transparent to smugglers. We shake hands, high five, snort coke of unknown provenance and send our kids to school/go to work sick.

Comment: Re:+-2000 deaths? (Score 1, Insightful) 119

by symbolset (#47900787) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
It takes three medical support people to keep an Ebola patient clean, dry, hydrated, fed, and disposed of when he dies. And three more armed and dangerous army types to defend you while you do it. Now look at the Monrovia metro area with 4.4 million souls. On a moment's notice where are you going to get 15 million health professionals, 15 million soldiers, and the materials necessary to ensure this virus "only" kills 70% of the population? You aren't.

Comment: Re:+-2000 deaths? (Score 0) 119

by symbolset (#47900757) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
This strain kills 90%. There is a concurrent strain in DR Congo that kills 60% that survivors of this strain have no immunity to. Between the two that is 96% before you consider network effects and viral evolution. This could wind up being the big reset button that puts the global population down to 2 million, if it doesn't wipe us out altogether. Maybe we need to revisit the Great dying in this context. If we have time.
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