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17 minutes ago, elliss said:

 

 So , who stands to gain from this media fuelled virus panic ?.

Apart from the pharmaceutical industry...

 

 

It's not really about panicking.  It's about taking the steps necessary to prevent the disease becoming endemic.

 

We may be past that point in some countries, maybe most countries.  I think it's still worth a go.

In the USA, they can shoot people who disagree, but that would probably not be taken as reasonable self-defence in other countries. 

In China, they can lock people in their own homes, but people in other countries might complain about that.

 

At the end of the day, each country will decide whether it becomes a nation of endemic COVID-19 or not.  It is much harder for continental European countries with their porous land borders, but they may do it by regional rather than national boundaries, if that can be enforced.  

 

Anyway, I don't think speculative conspiracy theories are helpful, and in fact they are probably counter-productive, like complacency.  In a situation like this, it is very hard to get acceptance for precautionary measures at a time that they would be effective.

 

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15 minutes ago, StreetCowboy said:

It's not really about panicking.  It's about taking the steps necessary to prevent the disease becoming endemic.

I do believe we are past any point of "containing" the Wuhan virus. It has crossed virtually every border, and it is spreading quite efficiently. Hence, WHO officially declaring a pandemic. At this point, it appears that the only real question for governments is how to manage the spread to try and not overwhelm the health care system. At some point, natural immunity will slow this thing, and eventually leave it to be something like seasonal flu - reoccurring each time it mutates.

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As the world's population increases, population density increases, travel increases, etc..,  things like this are going to be more common. Add to that the number of elderly people that are now alive relative to how many elderly were alive in past decades or centuries, and all the ingredients for the recipe of a disaster are present. 

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