25 Oct

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

I was doing some reading to keep my mind off my stomach bug, and I came across this interesting observation about the 1918 flu pandemic:

In civilian life evolutionary pressures favour a mild strain: those who get really sick stay home, and those mildly ill continue with their lives, go to work and go shopping, preferentially spreading the mild strain. In the trenches the evolutionary pressures were reversed: soldiers with a mild strain remained where they were, while the severely ill were sent on crowded trains to crowded field hospitals, spreading the deadlier virus. – wikipedia

I thought I’d be fine when I got up this morning, but around 4am my stomach informed me otherwise. My hope is to do a Flash Pulp a day for the rest of the week, but I haven’t been able to rub two thoughts together for days, so we’ll see how that actually pans out.


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