Pull the plug
MWC should call it off, citing the well-being of presenters, visitors and staff.
Do it already.
It's been a brutal few days for Mobile World Congress, with several of its biggest participants withdrawing from the trade show over fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The latest pack includes household names like Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo and Nvidia, as well as 5G infrastructure stalwart VIAVI Solutions. The biggest …
>Wake me up when coronovirus
Good job it's cousin MERS with a mortality rate of around 35% isn't as transmissible. However if we say a quarter of the planet's population (about 7.8 Billeeeeon) gets infected with a mortality rate of say 3% then that's around 58 milleeeeon who would be pushing up the daisies rather than walking around.
if we say a quarter of the planet's population (about 7.8 Billeeeeon) gets infected ... that's around 58 milleeeeon who would be pushing up the daisies
We've had worse: Spanish flu and plague. Hopefully the measures put in place will stop it spreading to a quarter of the population. It seems to be 40K infected so far, 0.0005%, with infection rates reportedly slowing.
I am sure something highly contagious and deadly will hit us one day and I doubt there will be much we can do about it than ride it out and hope for the best. But this doesn't seem to be it.
If it is a pandemic, then all tourism will be shut down and probably flights will be very restricted (with a lovely long stay in a quarantine facility on arrival). An individual couldn’t predict the timing of that.
I wouldn’t want to be overseas if travel is mostly shut down: unless you happen to be in a country with better services. I’m in NZ and have enough food/water/medicine to let me hunker down at home for a few weeks. I am also lucky enough to have options to move to rural locations: hospitals won’t be able to help much if a pandemic peaks quickly...
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