A deadly global pandemic is coming even if it’s not from China


Wuchang Epidemic Wuhan  S Virus My column in today’s Scotsman:

“The coronavirus that’s afflicting China and in danger of spreading is frightening. Armed soldiers, dressed in biological uniforms and face masks, sealing off entire cities is reminiscent of reading an Arthur C Clarke novel or watching a sci-fi movie. But it’s real life and, despite some apparent heavy-handedness and concern about general lack of democracy in the country, truth be told much is probably necessary. Indeed, the construction of a hospital in six days is quite inspiring, confirming that necessity’s the mother of invention.”

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