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Old May 17 2013, 12:55 PM   #16
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

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^ Yeah, in some inexplicable manner, they broke into a facility where highly virulent germs were being experimented on, and infected animals were turned loose. I very much doubt that such eco-hippies could do the same in the real world.
Perhaps they knew that the animals harbored a dangerous virus and let them loose anyway, just so humanity would suffer.
Nah they just thought they were releasing some animals that were being experiemented on. They had no idea about the rage virus at the time...though they soon did...
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Old May 18 2013, 11:46 AM   #17
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

The British movie ,Doomsday, is an example of how a virus can spread across a country and Quarantine Procedures are implemented to stop the spread.

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Old May 18 2013, 02:49 PM   #18
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In the event of a global epidemic break out, what will be the safe buildings, locations and areas to survive in ?
Madagascar will be safe.
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Old May 18 2013, 03:18 PM   #19
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

I remember someone musing about an extinction level event and his scenario meant that there was only 10% of the population left. Someone pointed out that if 0.01% of the population were left it would still be a huge amount of people and nowhere near extinction.
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Old May 18 2013, 10:17 PM   #20
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

Yeah, 0.01% of more than 7 billion human beings would still leave more than 700,000 people in the world. Not a huge number per se, but more than enough humans of both sexes to get a great start on repopulating the planet over the course of ensuing centuries and millennia.
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Old May 20 2013, 08:08 AM   #21
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

Considering what Mad Cow disease did to the cows, any human form could certainly be just as terrible.
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Old May 20 2013, 08:23 AM   #22
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Yeah, 0.01% of more than 7 billion human beings would still leave more than 700,000 people in the world. Not a huge number per se, but more than enough humans of both sexes to get a great start on repopulating the planet over the course of ensuing centuries and millennia.

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Considering what Mad Cow disease did to the cows, any human form could certainly be just as terrible.
There is a human form; nvCJD. However it's so rare you have more chance of being struck by lightning twice as contracting it. There's no denying the people who get it die in as distressing a way as anyone with dementia but a pandemic? Not a chance.
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Old May 20 2013, 10:28 AM   #23
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I'd guess you would need a lot less than 700 000 to build a stable civilization. A few thousands should suffice.
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Old May 20 2013, 11:34 AM   #24
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Probably even a few hundred. I'm sure there's probably some information somewhere about how few people you'd need to survive for humanity to flourish. Obviously the smaller the pool the greater the chance of genetic anomolies being passed along.

Even if 700,000 survived I guess the difficulty would be that they won't all be in one place, in fact it's likely you'd never be able to draw them all together, either because of the problems in trying to contact everyone, or the logistics of getting together. How would survivors in Brazil link up with those in the UK for example.

And actually you may not want them too, scattered settlements might be better than one big city of humans. It's too easy for one settlement to be destroyed I guess.

But yeah it'd have to be one hell of a virulent inefection to kill every single human. And forget Madagascar , Greenland's the place to be. Those gits have thwarted my plans on Plague inc (great game) more times that any other country!
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Old May 20 2013, 02:59 PM   #25
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Actually it seems society might recover if there were just 70 people left! It might just take 20,000 years for them to reach our levels of civillisation again.
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Old May 20 2013, 11:32 PM   #26
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Yeah, 0.01% of more than 7 billion human beings would still leave more than 700,000 people in the world. Not a huge number per se, but more than enough humans of both sexes to get a great start on repopulating the planet over the course of ensuing centuries and millennia.
700,000 is very low comparatively. It's about the size of the population back in the Paleolithic.
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Old May 20 2013, 11:51 PM   #27
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I wonder what the minimum population size needs to be in order for humanity to repopulate itself. Meaning, sufficient genetic diversity. Could it be as little as a thousand?
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Old May 20 2013, 11:54 PM   #28
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

Ever read Tom Clancy? Executive Orders is about an air born strain of Ebola released on an airliner, infecting the passengers who pass it along.

Don't know if it's possible, but the whole idea is pretty scary.
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Old May 21 2013, 12:39 AM   #29
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Re: An infected apocalypse. Possible? If so, what to do ?

More likely if a truly horrific outbreak occurred in a city and measures could be taken before it spread to the countryside, there would be a military nuclear 'accident' and a very bright white flash....

Read Michael Criton's book The Andromeda Strain. Even back then nuking a town was a viable military contagion option.
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Old May 21 2013, 01:05 AM   #30
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^ And also Outbreak, although in that case they didn't use nukes, just a very powerful bomb. (In the novelization, anyway. The film has the town spared.)
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