Possibly tighten up on the lab procedures?June 19, 2021 Tim WorstallHealth Care8 Comments‘There are viruses just waiting in the wings’: how do we stop the next pandemic? previousSounds a bit de tropnextWell, actually, you know Owen? 8 thoughts on “Possibly tighten up on the lab procedures?” BlokeInBrum June 19, 2021 at 10:19 am It’s seems that procedures in a level 4 lab like that in Wuhan are quite onerous. Which is probably why corners were cut. They clearly didn’t have the expertise to run one safely. But it’s okay, with the opening of half a dozen more, I’m sure that with practice they will get it right. https://www.nature.com/articles/nature.2017.21487 tomo June 19, 2021 at 10:28 am I wonder what, if anything the tranche of data that ChiCom bigwig bagged by the Yanquis has brought with him can contribute to this topic? https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2021/06/17/breaking-chinese-defector-confirmed-as-top-counterintelligence-official-n398374 dearieme June 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm “They clearly didn’t have the expertise to run one safely.” It’s not clear that anyone has the expertise to run one safely. That’s why it might be wise not to do gain-of-function research, which the sainted William Briggs calls “gain-of-lethality” research. Grikath June 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm While pointing at the chinese is somewhat fun, and probably correct in this case, it takes next to no reading up to find that there already have been a fair number of gaffes of this kind.. And quite definitely not in China or Ifitgoeswrongitisnthereistan.. As for “‘There are viruses just waiting in the wings’: how do we stop the next pandemic?”, in Questions We Can Answer: Welcome to the tender touch of Mother Nature. We cannot. Get over it. Agammamon June 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm Stop making more deadly diseases altogether? Addolff June 20, 2021 at 6:24 am Last person known to have died from smallpox was Janet Parker, at the University of Birmingham Medical School, UK in 1978. ken June 20, 2021 at 6:56 am @BlokeinBrum, If Covid was tinkered with, it would not have been in a level 4 BSL. Level 4 is reserved for the really dangerous stuff – Ebola, Marburg, with really high mortality rates. It’s possible that it was tinkered in a BSL3 lab or even a level 2 lab. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK535351/#:~:text=Biohazard%20Level%204%20usually%20includes,viruses%20found%20in%20the%20tropics. Charles June 21, 2021 at 7:25 pm @Addolff – yes. And she was infected by a lab leak. The outbreak was stopped partly because there were special isolation hospitals – she was taken to Catherine-de-Barnes Isolation Hospital which had been kept on standby (with no patients) for about a decade for just such an eventuality. The disease was taken very seriously then. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.