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The 1918 Spanish Flu And Stocks

Markets have trouble dealing with events outside the bounds of probabilistic outcomes.Even epidemiologists are challenged in framing the potential range of outcomes for a novel virus.Framing the current viral outbreak versus historic pandemics may provide some measure of insight.Coupling the rarity of large-scale public health catastrophes with the backdrop of…
bubmag
March 4, 2020
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The Economic Impact of the COVID-19

Several readers have asked about the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. The answer is it depends on the severity of the epidemic. Goldman Sachs economists wrote this morning: Our new baseline scenario involves a continued slowdown in infections in China that allows for a slow recovery in high-frequency indicators…
bubmag
February 28, 2020
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Contagion Themes

Good post from Nicholas Bagley in 2016 at the Incidental Economist. Every disease provokes its own unique dread and its own complex public reaction, but themes recurred across outbreaks. Governments are typically unprepared, disorganized, and resistant to taking steps necessary to contain infectious diseases, especially in their early phases. Local,…
bubmag
February 28, 2020
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The Coronavirus Won’t Boost 3D Printing

I’ve written extensively in the past few years on additive manufacturing, often suggesting that additive will spread partly because companies will produce more at home rather than rely on slow global supply chains.  By using smaller, flexible additive factories close to customers, companies can offer products better suited to individual markets.  They…
bubmag
February 26, 2020
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New pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein found

Influenza is a deadly virus, with about 290,000 to 650,000 deaths worldwide each year. When pandemics hit, the toll can soar: The Spanish flu of 1918 caused 40 million to 50 million deaths, the Asian flu of 1957 caused 2 million deaths, and the Hong Kong flu of 1968 caused…
bubmag
February 14, 2020
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WHO Has Finally Named the New Coronavirus

The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that "COVID-19" will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a "very grave threat" for the world but there was a "realistic chance" of stopping it. "We now have a name for t…
bubmag
February 13, 2020