Came across some interesting research I'd like to share...
As the world slowly goes into lock-down and people huddle indoors to avoid contact with each other, the reliance on tools such as the internet climbs. Nowadays we are lucky. We surf, binge watch TV, read a myriad of books - and we educate ourselves on what to do with this risk.
Compare this to the old days: no mass communications, no understanding of how viruses work, lack of clean water much less soap, and for the sick - no antibiotics, no ventilators, no knowledge (but don't forget the leeches). No wonder the black plague killed 200 million.
Ah, but enough reflection, let's get to the interesting stuff! The following link is hard science, and basically states that viruses are swept up into, and suspended in the upper atmosphere until they eventually settle back down onto the surface - usually another continent no less. Check it out at ScienceDaily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180206090650.htm
Another good link is here: http://www.virology.ws/2018/04/19/viruses-are-falling-from-the-skies/
What does this mean? One could postulate that COVID19 could travel by the same means - although it most likely would not remain viable, BUT and I will say BUT, one never really knows. Things do have a way of surprising us...
While I was at ScienceDaily (as it is a great site), I came across a Mar 17th posting of the investigation into the roots of COVID19/Coronavrus. According to them, it's considered to be of natural origin. I remember reading some theories that this was a manufactured virus that managed to escape. The information seemed to have some credible/reasonable assumptions around it, scattered with a few facts, but I think this post truly sets the record straight. Their leading theory: it crossed over from bats.
Read for yourself here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm
In closing, the big question on everyone's mind is: When does it end?
Good question - and anyone that claims they have a date is either a psychic or in a delusional state.
I did find this article on Wired. It was an interview with a true expert in this field, and I think he did answer the question with his phrase of "herd immunity" and a pretty accurate description of when we know we are climbing out of it. So, yes there is an end to this. :)
By the way, the expert's name, no pun intended, is Larry Brilliant. Certain government leaders can learn a considerable amount from this man.
You can read his about his interview here: https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-interview-larry-brilliant-smallpox-epidemiologist/
Patrick MJ Lozon