Coronavirus: Did the World Dodge a Bullet?

Coronavirus is certainly looking very bad.  Yet, a recent technology podcast, “Windows Weekly”, describes how it could be so much worse right now.

Every year, in early January, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) convenes in Las Vegas.  I’ve attended many times in the past because I am a technology geek. It is huge. It is big.  It is loud.  It is also really, really crowded.  People gather from all over the world, particularly from….. China.

For a week, people jostle in close contact, travel on packed buses, gather in crowded meeting spaces and then depart in full airplanes to return to their host countries.  It appears CES missed the new Coronavirus outbreak by about a week or two.  Think about it. Packing everyone in close contact for a week and then dispersing them across the planet, carrying disease everywhere.  The difference of a week or two is the cushion between a massive simultaneous worldwide outbreak and the situation today. Yes, within the next few months, we may discover it mattered very little.  At the moment, however, it appears much of the world dodged a huge bullet.

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Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

  1 comment for “Coronavirus: Did the World Dodge a Bullet?

  1. Aaron M. Levine
    February 19, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    There was a spy novel that I read about 20 years ago. The villains planned a spray with a virulent and resistant bug (virus) in the spray cooling people at the Olympics. The latency would be enough time that everyone would have returned to the home countries. Reality and fiction match.

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