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Old 30th Jun 2020, 20:43
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Another pandemic?

Great news on the BBC. Maybe this is the next pandemic to cause chaos and finally shut down travel completely! Maybe Nostradamus and the Mayans were right, if a few years out. But one has to ask the question, why is it identified first in China again? If there is something that happens there which encourages the establishment of zoonotic diseases, is it time to try and change this globally, for everyones' sake?
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Old 30th Jun 2020, 21:15
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Probably only newsworthy because of the current situation. Bugs like this get detected several times a year, often coming from pigs, yet few end up causing a real problem. It seems that the media always get hypersensitive to any story that's slightly related to a current major story. Seems to happen with pretty much everything, to the extent that I often think that it's the media actually creating the news so they can profit by it.
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Old 30th Jun 2020, 21:36
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Don't disagree with what you say about the news media, but it is that media which informs the huge majority of the users of the industry that most users of this site hold dear. And like every other risk that we face, we can (and often, should) ask what could be done to mitigate that risk when the severity associated with an occurrence of the hazard is significant or considered simply unacceptable.
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Old 30th Jun 2020, 21:51
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I agree, but it seems impossible for the media to ever report the true degree of risk presented by anything that springs up as a secondary story, that's only being reported because it seems, at first glance, to be vaguely similar to the current big story.

Assessing risk rationally isn't something that should be done either by the media, or because a tiny minority start protesting about something, yet whether we like it or not, this is what tends to happen. The fact that the true risk presented by yet another newly discovered, species barrier crossing, influenza virus is probably very low, as most of these are, doesn't really matter, as the chances are that some people will over react and assume the risk is far greater than it really is.

It's not much different to the way that people are generally pretty rubbish when it comes to assessing risk, though. I remember being surprised by just how risky horse riding is, years ago. IIRC, it's was more likely to cause death or serious injury than motorcycling, yet parents who would happily let their kids ride horses,would probably throw their arms up in horror at the idea of them riding a motorcycle.
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LOL, how DO we decide to do what we do ?.......like.......lifelong horse handler/rider, stunt motorcyclist, aerial crop sprayer......well it's FUN and somehow it paid the bills.....
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Let me introduce you to H5N1
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Probably only newsworthy because of the current situation. Bugs like this get detected several times a year, often coming from pigs, yet few end up causing a real problem. It seems that the media always get hypersensitive to any story that's slightly related to a current major story. Seems to happen with pretty much everything, to the extent that I often think that it's the media actually creating the news so they can profit by it.
The old urban myth that "air crashes come in 3s" probably developed that way, through sloppy reporting. One major crash happens, moves air safety up the news agenda and hacks will find another couple of unrelated air crash stories globally that, were it not for the first really bad one, would go largely unreported.

Same with attacks on children, the reporting of which has resulted in kids not being allowed to walk to and from school, nor meet up with the friends to play without some sort of "diplomatic agreement" between parents and transport being provided to and from. in reality, children are no less safe than they were 50 years ago, but the media never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
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