Elsewhere: We're All Going To Die

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

I admit that it’s an unnecessarily sensationalist headline, even for me, but illness has been uppermost in my thoughts of late. The War in Iraq seems to have driven all news of this nasty little virus, the one that’s killing dozens of people and spreading rapidly across the world, from our thoughts. That’s not a good thing. Unless some way is found to stop the little killer and then to treat it, it could become a serious threat to human life.

This is from BBC News:

The illness, dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has so far killed 63 people worldwide, and infected nearly 1,800.

Initially it was thought that the illness could only be spread by close contact. But Dr Hitoshi Oshitani, a World Health Organization expert, told the BBC that this was not necessarily the case.

He said: “In most cases infection occurs by close person-to-person contact, but there are several cases now that we cannot explain by this model of transmission.”

He stressed that SARS was more contagious than the deadly Ebola virus.

You can’t launch a liberating invasion of the human body, you know.


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.