The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
Post by El Huracán!!!! on Jun 30, 2020 9:56:14 GMT 1
There are reasons for the fact a lot of flu strains start and spread initally in Asia.
Seasonality: 85 percent of Asia's population lives in tropical or subtropical regions with no distinct winter, allowing continuous transmission of endemic flu strains and more opportunities for evolution of new strains.
Host population size: This area contains more than half of the world's population. The sheer number of people could contribute a larger fraction of strains that spread globally.
Host population turnover: Birth rates have historically been higher in these areas than other temperate regions. This may contribute to a larger number of infants and young children who are more susceptible to the flu.
Initial conditions: H3N2 first emerged in Hong Kong in 1968. One hypothesis states that this gives the viral population an evolutionary head start, thus new epidemics will almost always begin in the area.
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I believe our relationship with nature is the core of the problem. It might be evidenced more in one region than others but we need to think of it as a human derived problem, not simply an East Asian (or specifically Chinese) one.
Normality had just started to appear on the horizon and I had my first face to face business meeting scheduled for Thursday - in Leicester. As you were!
Post by staffordshrew on Jun 30, 2020 10:41:58 GMT 1
Perhaps we just don't hear of them, but how come a virus that originates in Asia seems to kill more people per head of population in the West? Is it down to them having experience of handling cases, in which case we need to adopt their practices and stick to them.