Archive for October, 2020
“Our ability to mitigate disease emergence is undermined by our poor understanding of the diversity and ecology of viral threats.”
Whilst the burden of non-communicable disease (NCD) dominates health and disease globally, its progress through the population is slow, providing opportunity to intervene, reverse and restore health in many cases.
Infectious disease rarely provides such a time related opportunity and depending on a variety of factors can induce rapid local, national or as we have all seen international responses, that we would never see regarding NCDs. For most of us, witnessing the political, economic and societal strains brought about by this recent event can promulgate anxiety, and varying opinions. Yet zoonotic infections on a global scale have been predicted for many years by infectious disease specialists (which has included Disease X), but mostly ignored by governments and the public. Read the rest of this entry »
The challenge for everyone either resisting or managing a SARS-CoV-2 related infection appears to centre around the ability to determine the validity of the data sets used, and those that are available.
Most people, until the last few months, have had very little personal experience with the use of testing for infectious diseases. Until the last few months in the UK most people were dealing with the adverse consequences of non-infectious diseases, the ones that dominated global health news until just recently.
Infectious disease specialists it seems were wheeled out for short term fearful and nerve-wracking infectious agents such as Ebola and SARS, but then disappeared to their labs or areas of investigation. Read the rest of this entry »