"As a distinct academic discipline, attempts to imagine and arm against
unfamiliar new infections are about three decades old. The term
“emerging viruses” was coined in 1990. Researchers and governments
worked to learn about these unfamiliar threats, to develop global
early-warning systems, and to develop an international rulebook for
triggering government response. Authorities had plenty of chances to
test their responses against nasty real-world surprises. SARS in Toronto
in 2003. Swine flu in Mexico in 2009.
In the end it didn’t help much."
Unfortunately humans are psychologically ill suited to handling slow
emergencies. And we’ll need to find a way to deal with it or it will
surely deal with us.
Via Jim Douglas.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics