Group discussion yesterday; blokes with police and military experience. The conclusion was that if it only has a 3% mortality rate the same as any flu then why the fuss? Closing cities, travel restrictions, medical staff dressed like they are dealing with Ebola, the rapid establishment of health controls at airports, the Chinese suddenly being very helpful after trying to hush it up in December, and the capper is the rapid action by the WHO.Anyone read the book Medusa by Clive Cussler from about 10 years ago?
Eerily similar with a coronavirus starting in China and the Chinese government being open about it after being vilified for trying the hide the SARS outbreak.
Only this was started by the Triads to try and bring down the Chinese gov.
Happily, a NUMA guy (with the help of some beautiful Chinese doctor) finds a jellyfish that makes everyone immune so all ends well and we are saved, saved I tell ya.
Actually, even the spread of disease from China to neighbouring countries and the arguments about how global travel has increased far above that available when the Spanish flu wiped out more than were killed in WW1 so it will spread that much further and faster.
The description of the coronavirus in the book is very close to what is happening now (less the Triads and the jellyfish, of course).
We all reckoned that there is some serious worry in the corridors of power. Along with them not telling the public everything.
The movie with Matt Damon, Contagion, similar scenario. All started by a bat in Hong Kong.