Why is this any worse than normal influenza? We don’t yet know how dangerous the new coronavirus is – and we won’t know until more data comes in. Eighty-one deaths out of 2,827 reported cases would mean a 3% mortality rate. However, this is likely to be a overestimate since there may be a far larger pool of people who have been infected by the virus but who have not suffered severe enough symptoms to attend hospital and so have not been counted in the data. For comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1% and is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. Sars had a death rate of more than 10%. Another key unknown, of which scientists should get a clearer idea in the coming weeks, is how contagious the coronavirus is. A crucial difference is that unlike flu, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, which means it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or … [Read more...] about What is the coronavirus and how worried should we be about it?
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It used to be a matter of good intentions gone awry. Now it is plain fraud. The governments using biofuel to tackle global warming know that it causes more harm than good. But they plough on regardless. In theory, fuels made from plants can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by cars and trucks. Plants absorb carbon as they grow - it is released again when the fuel is burned. By encouraging oil companies to switch from fossil plants to living ones, governments on both sides of the Atlantic claim to be "decarbonising" our transport networks. In the budget last week, Gordon Brown announced that he would extend the tax rebate for biofuels until 2010. From next year all suppliers in the UK will have to ensure that 2.5% of the fuel they sell is made from plants - if not, they must pay a penalty of 15p a litre. The obligation rises to 5% in 2010. By 2050, the government hopes that 33% of our fuel will come from crops. Last month George Bush announced that he would quintuple the US … [Read more...] about If we want to save the planet, we need a five-year freeze on biofuels
Dr Brusin affirmed that if the virus was not brought under control, staging an F1 grand prix, which attracts crowds in the tens of thousands, would pose a genuine risk. “Mass gatherings would not be advisable because a lot of people could infect other people, he said. “That is why Chinese authorities have cancelled mass gatherings. It is a very sensible public health measure to take.” … [Read more...] about World Indoor Athletics and Chinese Grand Prix at risk over coronavirus
Saudis on Twitter were gleeful and official Saudi media were jubilant, declaring in al-Riyadh newspaper that a new decade had started for the region as Iran’s dark shadow receded. If Saudi officials celebrated, they did so quietly, relieved Suleimani was dead, and even more relieved they didn’t have to do it themselves, but wary of Iranian retaliation. There were calls for quick de-escalation, and within three days the crown prince’s brother and deputy minister of defence, Khalid bin Salman, travelled to Washington DC for meetings at the White House. … [Read more...] about The painful truth for Saudi Arabia: it needs the Iranian regime to survive
Kaepernick is relevant this year, and not just for his activities off the field. He was the 49ers quarterback the last time the team reached the Super Bowl, in 2013, and played a huge part in their success that season – it stands to reason he would be discussed when we look back at the team’s last title shot. But you’d be smart to emphatically place your money place on Kaepernick not getting a single mention on Sunday. After all, his name wasn’t uttered when 49ers running Raheem Mostert broke Kaepernick’s postseason rushing record during the NFC Championship game earlier this month, a game televised by Fox. … [Read more...] about Kaepernick led the 49ers at the 2013 Super Bowl. Don’t expect a mention this time