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Deadly pandemic: AIDS fits the definition, but I assume they're aiming for something more timely like an increased-lethality flu (or, god forbid, a hemhorragic fever pandemic). I'm always dubious of the "OMG we are SO overdue for one!" arguments that seem to conveniently ignore a number of factors. What worries me more than a single pandemic is the increasing antibiotic resistance we see across the board thanks to uneducated and demanding patients, managed care and the prescribing practices of physicians or drug policies of certain countries. This tends to be a bit of a loaded issue, though. When people talk about pandemics being a big problem they tend to mean "the ones that reach and rankle first world countries." It's problematic to say the least.
I'm in emerging pathogens research.
I don't know if this is necessarily the thread to start talking about the possibility of a massive-mortality pandemic virus, or other pathogen, but I would be happy to discuss it. Maybe it should get its own thread?
Getting its own thread seems like it would guarantee a mod-lock; this thread seems fine to discuss it. I could be wrong on either or both counts, though.
I'm sold. What do you do?