English_Master March 20, 2016 No Comments
FIGHTING PANDEMICS If I had a choice between solving global warming and eliminating the threat of global pandemics, I would choose the latter. I am probably in the minority on this, but I think a pan­demic might be the graver threat. A few years ago I even put together a cache of food and water in my basement. Then if a pandemic hit, my family could stay inside for a month or two until things were sorted out. I suppose it’s time to restock the basement: we’ve used most of the water to fill the family fish tank and we haven’t checked the food in a while, but it’s prob­ably pretty stale. What can we all do to fight global pandemics? The internet may be the single most powerful tool at hand. Pandemics tend to start in remote locations. Quickly extracting the vital medical information from those places would provide a head start on taming an epidemic. The for­mal networks like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not seem to work all that well. Larry Brilliant, a visionary American epidemiologist and author, has a plan in mind for gathering just this sort of infor­mation. Brilliant won the coveted TED (Technology, Enter­tainment, and Design) prize last year,...
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