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Global viral extermination, how soon?
Posted 8/29/15
It's only a matter of time... there was the ebola outbreak, and sars, avian flu, swine flu, etc. Viruses mutate, new strains are born, and it becomes harder to keep track and vaccinate against them all. As the viruses spread, the population dwindles until humanity is snuffed out.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on how long the human race has? Be realistic and not fucking stupid, please, you have it in you, I know it!

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Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15
Assuming something else doesn't kill us off. I would assume that the infected area would be nuked before it spreads everywhere else
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Posted 8/29/15

K3n21 wrote:

Assuming something else doesn't kill us off. I would assume that the infected area would be nuked before it spreads everywhere else


Implying the ones with the nukes aren't the ones orchestrating the outbreak.
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Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15
While a virus may reduce the population of humans significantly, with 7 billion people on this earth well probably adapt, similar to the black plague,which correct me if I'm wrong, killed about 70% of the population before slowing down.

I dont think humanity will die from a virus tbh

If anything we'll have a second renaissance and come back twice as strong
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Posted 8/29/15
I don't believe humanity will become extinct, the animal kingdom has more of a chance of becoming extinct compared to humans...possible they could turn on us but they would fail.
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Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15
What do you mean it's a matter of time.
We haven't seen any significant drop in numbers from any virus whatsoever. Big numbers, sure, but not a disasterous contamination.
Not since the dark ages with the plague. Now THAT was a disaster.
Posted 8/29/15
(singsong)I think we are all in denial!
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Posted 8/29/15
The only thing that worries me is, at the rate population is increasing, the earth won't be able to accommodate us in a few decades. We may be getting older than people did a few centuries ago, but hardly healthier!
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Posted 8/29/15
Every other species eventually becomes extinct and humans are no different.Human's technology is more likely to hasten that demise even though they depict themselves as the smart ones..
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Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15
Pfft. I agree with Bearbudah. I'd also add that with the improvements in anti-viral drugs and vaccine developments (as well as eventually medical nanotechnology and personalised drug printing) it's only a matter of decades before even the sort of outbreaks we have today will become a thing of the past.

A virus that could wipe us out would have to be designed by people. Granted, improvements in biotech are slowly making that a genuine possibility, but as I said it's only a matter of time before medical technology becomes capable of quickly and efficiently responding to *any* virus possible with a vaccine and other countermeasures.

IMO the consequences of global warming will result in far more deaths this century, although I'm hopeful that those won't be enough to wipe us out either.
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Posted 8/29/15
To think that biotechnology is going to save us from a pandemic has no basis in fact and is founded in nothing but blind technological optimism.

If one looks at what the drug companies actually work on, they actually hate work on vaccines. There's hardly money to be had in drugs to be administered just once, or at most once every few years. And the company could be decimated if something goes wrong. The drug companies don't throw their money at producing vaccines. They much prefer working on once-a-day pills for little ailments like acid reflux or erectile dysfunction.

While I agree that global warming is likely to claim more lives than a pandemic, it's worth noting that global warming will actually contribute to the likelihood of pandemics occurring. One of the less talked-about effects of global warming is that it induces subtle but huge shifts in the geographic distribution of many species by changing the environment. Growing and breeding seasons will change, and species will move around as the environment that they favor shifts from location to location. All of this means that previously isolated animal populations will move and come into contact with novel environments and species, which means their pathogens acquire new targets and new opportunities to evolve.
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Posted 8/29/15
Hopefully soon so the animals can live in peace.
Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15
I'd think communication will be key. If they find out how it spreads and communicate across how to prevent it from spreading...

What kamosuzo posted makes sense. So then our best defense is technology, making sure any outbreak doesn't go unnoticed for prolonged period of time. People are dying somewhere and nobody knows why, we'd only have the gist unless we are on standby.
Posted 8/29/15
Won't matter as soon as we make nanites that replace our immune system.
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Posted 8/29/15 , edited 8/29/15
It's my belief that most of these things are population control methods, the government can't publicly purge a huge portion of the population so they do it in ways such as war and deadly virus outbreaks to slowly decrease the worlds population. So I think they take these controlled measures so that the human race lives on, probably another two centuries at least before resources are a problem as there are already replacements and countermeasures for shortage of resources for when they do get low if they keep up the surgical population control.
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