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(The Local)   Has anyone seen those 2,300 vials containing the deadly SARS virus? We seem to have lost them   (thelocal.fr) divider line 29
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4289 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Apr 2014 at 10:29 AM (35 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-15 10:31:31 AM  
Isn't SARS less deadly than the normal flu?
 
2014-04-15 10:33:51 AM  
surrender!
 
2014-04-15 10:34:48 AM  
Looks like it's time to dig out my supply of Peter Sarsgaard Sars Guards.
i45.tinypic.com
 
2014-04-15 10:35:06 AM  
Did they check ebay?
 
2014-04-15 10:35:20 AM  
[cough! wheeze...cough, cough!]

Hey guys, what going on in this thread?
 
2014-04-15 10:35:56 AM  
Well, the French lose a lot of things.
 
2014-04-15 10:42:21 AM  
Has anyone checked under the sofa?   That's where I always find my car keys.
 
2014-04-15 10:42:27 AM  
Time to try the ancient medicine of our people... chicken noodle soup and Sprite.
 
2014-04-15 10:46:06 AM  
Non-story.  SARS was basically made up by our Media Machine as a thing to drive fear ratings in a world without enough terrorism.  It was only deadly in the extremely old or extremely young in places that have historically had poor medicine.

Any time you see our "News Personalities" deliberately playing up how scary something is, you know with 100% certainty it basically isn't a threat to human life.  When something is actually important they forget to try and drive viewership and actually tell you, "Hey you're going to be okay just stay safe by doing this and this, don't leave the house and stay calm."
 
GBB
2014-04-15 10:49:47 AM  
theathleticnerd.com
Nick Cage found one.
 
2014-04-15 10:53:44 AM  

Super_pope: Non-story.  SARS was basically made up by our Media Machine as a thing to drive fear ratings in a world without enough terrorism.  It was only deadly in the extremely old or extremely young in places that have historically had poor medicine.

Any time you see our "News Personalities" deliberately playing up how scary something is, you know with 100% certainty it basically isn't a threat to human life.  When something is actually important they forget to try and drive viewership and actually tell you, "Hey you're going to be okay just stay safe by doing this and this, don't leave the house and stay calm."


Well, at least at first there was reason for concern as most of the cases being reported were serious and some died.  This is of course how most other diseases work, with many of the people who get the cold or flu don't even feel sick enough to go to the doctor.  I've got no problem with all the world health organizations taking any new disease seriously, but you're right the media certainly portrayed it as "OMG we're all gonna die right now!"
 
Skr
2014-04-15 10:58:06 AM  
You mean SARS isn't a high end contact lens solution? WHAT HAVE I DONE
 
2014-04-15 11:06:34 AM  

machoprogrammer: Isn't SARS less deadly than the normal flu?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_disease_case_fatality_rat es

This list has SARS at 11% and normal flu around 0.1%. So, no.

Disclaimer: "case fatality rate" is the fraction of fatalities among people diagnosed with the disease, and doesn't consider people who are exposed without developing serious symptoms.
 
2014-04-15 11:07:47 AM  

machoprogrammer: Isn't SARS less deadly than the normal flu?


Yes, but what kind of headline would it have been claiming it kills one in twenty million..
 
db2
2014-04-15 11:21:33 AM  
Eh, they'll turn up.
 
2014-04-15 11:31:44 AM  
have we looked next to our old friend deadly neurotoxin?
 
2014-04-15 11:31:50 AM  

machoprogrammer: Isn't SARS less deadly than the normal flu?


No, it's more.  But the real concern is that it's incredibly contagious.
 
2014-04-15 11:32:21 AM  

Ivo Shandor: machoprogrammer: Isn't SARS less deadly than the normal flu?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_disease_case_fatality_r at esThis list has SARS at 11% and normal flu around 0.1%. So, no.Disclaimer: "case fatality rate" is the fraction of fatalities among people diagnosed with the disease, and doesn't consider people who are exposed without developing serious symptoms.


Gentoolive: machoprogrammer: Isn't SARS less deadly than the normal flu?Yes, but what kind of headline would it have been claiming it kills one in twenty million..


See, Gentoolive, you can look things up on the internet instead of just pulling them out of thin air.
 
2014-04-15 11:32:57 AM  
I'll bet Kyle has them.
 
2014-04-15 11:35:49 AM  
Clearly we need more government, such as this. This will solve all of our problems. You guys are just racist. This is just another victory for Obama. He was playing chess, while you 'anti-sarsers' were playing checkers.
 
2014-04-15 11:35:52 AM  

Super_pope: Non-story.


SARS was a "non-story" because the experts took it seriously and dealt with the problem before it could turn into a complete clusterf*ck. See also: Y2K.
 
2014-04-15 11:41:43 AM  

GBB: [theathleticnerd.com image 500x200]
Nick Cage found one.


This picture is much more amusing if you imagine he's diving after a big ball of Jell-o.
 
2014-04-15 11:54:21 AM  
oyster.ignimgs.com
 
2014-04-15 12:09:42 PM  
Coronavirus infections are not a thing to trifle with. It didn't spread very far, but there was no guarantee that it wouldn't, given the chance. Without an effective vaccine or treatment for SARS, quarantine was the best bet, as was isolating the reservoir.

SARS has a cousin floating around in the Middle East right now, MERS. Although there's been less than 300 confirmed cases, it's been ~40% fatal so far. An outbreak would be . . . bad. Very, very bad.
 
2014-04-15 12:18:23 PM  
Did you check the fridge?
 
2014-04-15 12:22:57 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-15 12:25:27 PM  
I'm guessing that by Friday, the vials will all make a brief appearance on eBay. Over the weekend, they will sell for a handsome sum, and the seller will retire early. By this time next year... Who am I kidding? We won't make it that long.
 
2014-04-15 12:25:59 PM  
www.bluecorncomics.com

With our white mans ancient medicines, we can treat SARS.
 
2014-04-15 12:56:44 PM  
thethoughtexperiment.files.wordpress.com

"Do you know how hard it is to fit 2300 vials of a deadly disease in your ass? Surpisingly not as hard as you'd think."
 
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