The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Cornoavirus




The situation with the spread of the Coronavirus is quite worrisome.  Currently there are two theories about the vector origins of this disease.  One purported idea is that the xenotransfer occurred from bats to humans and the other theory is that the transfer occurred from pangolins to humans.  Both organisms could be the vector species through consumption of the animal as food or both potentially could be vectors through a bite from an infected organism. 

Regardless of the vector origins, the potentially global pandemic spread of this virus and its strong ability to cause respiratory failure and death in humans is monumentally frightening.  The other really nerve wracking aspect is that we are currently unclear as to all the potential routes by which the infection can spread.  Carefully established quarantines and a reduction in travel can hopefully slow the spread of the virus until we can better understand the basics of the viral organism and *hopefully* find/develop effective treatments and vaccines.

PipeTobacco

3 Comments:

Blogger JACKIESUE said...

we're screwed.

Monday, 10 February, 2020  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Recently diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a serious, chronic lung disease. Visited Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Pulmonary clinic today and the first question at the reception desk was: "Have you done any international travel in the past 3 weeks?"

Monday, 10 February, 2020  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Sue was telling me of three people quarantined in a small, windowless room of a cruise ship. I might go mad.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020  

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