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(Quartz)   Bad week just got worse: Chinese authorities suspect human-to-human transmission of H7N9 avian flu   ( qz.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Chinese authorities, Chinese, avian influenza, foreign worker, American Girl, Family Planning Commission, authorities suspect, Government of the United Kingdom  
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2013-04-17 11:56:01 PM  
3 votes:
There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an H7N9 avian flu that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!
2013-04-18 12:32:21 AM  
2 votes:
Confirmed cases:  82
Chinese population:  1,350,000,000 (est)

Percentage: 0.0000061%

Everybody panic.
2013-04-18 12:46:50 PM  
1 vote:

cevarius: Someone is taking the game too seriously...

Now I want to play.

/rooting for my virus is an awkward feeling
2013-04-18 02:57:51 AM  
1 vote:
A pandemic won't wipe out humans, neither would global warfare. Both might put a good sized dent in the population, but won't end it. A super-volcano event like Yellowstone would be far more damaging, as would a largish sized asteroid strike. I don't actually know how many active calderas are currently brewing (too lazy to find out), but Yellowstone will blow again, and she is definitely due (within a few tens of thousands of years perhaps). That alone might be the best reason to build a space presence somewhere in our solar system.
2013-04-18 02:23:43 AM  
1 vote:
A 5% drop in the population will do really bad things too property values, but have a positive effect on unemployment and road congestion :)
2013-04-18 01:22:14 AM  
1 vote:

Queensowntalia: We're all going to die.

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/saving throw

Those are d12, not d20.  You're doing the saving throw wrong.
2013-04-18 01:08:37 AM  
1 vote:
J. Frank Parnell: If it really was so easy for a virus to greatly depopulate the human race, i think they'd have done it already.

TuteTibiImperes: ...but the flu pandemic of 1918 killed 3-5% of the world's population. 50-100 million people.

And that was before air travel. Now we have thousands of people going from one continent to another every single day, taking all their germs and infections with them. A new virus that is easily transmitted between humans could be all over the world before anyone was aware that it existed.
2013-04-18 12:52:05 AM  
1 vote:
I would take Bird Flu over Mad Cow/Human disease any day.
/fears prion mediated disorders
2013-04-18 12:33:21 AM  
1 vote:

kiyote: So far there's like a 25% fatality rate.

Maybe. Those initial statistics can be misleading because it's usually "25% of the people who were sick enough to go to a hospital and were then diagnosed with this particular strain have died". You need more data such as how many others in the community were exposed without developing significant symptoms.
2013-04-18 12:29:55 AM  
1 vote:
Alright, I'm done with this week. I'm just going to set an alarm for
2013-04-18 12:25:55 AM  
1 vote:
Madagascar closes ports.
2013-04-17 11:48:40 PM  
1 vote:
I picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue.
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