Meet The Latest Thing That Can Kill Humanity: MERS-CoV

Time to panic! A new SARS-like virus found in human has all the potential to cause a global pandemic. Meet the novel Coronavirus (nCOV or MERS-CoV) - and yes, it's transmissible from human to human:

A new SARS-like virus recently found in humans is "a threat to the entire world," according to the director-general of the United Nations' World Health Organization.

The so-called novel coronavirus "is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself," Margaret Chan said Monday in her closing remarks at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

"We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond," she said.

CNN has the post: Link

Like Madagascar said, SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING!

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This brings up an interesting question: how many people can we afford to lose before society itself collapses? One third? Half? The Black Plague wiped out as much as half of European population, and it took that region more than 150 years to recover (that's probably something like 8 generations).
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No need to become hysterical.
The worst plague kills only about half of the people among whom it's endemic.
That's the value of genomic variety in a population.
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