How many viruses could we eradicate?
February 10, 2013 10:54 PM Subscribe
This may end up in a story, it may not... But this occurred to me the other day. We all learned in school that viruses need a host, bacteria do not. Therefore if we all voluntarily quarantined ourselves for two weeks, how many potential viruses could we wipe out?
posted by CarlRossi to science & nature (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The rules: We all do it. We all stock up our homes with enough food and drinks. We have sufficient distractions to not go stir crazy. No international travel, no school. Only close relations in the same homes, and once you're in, you're in for the full fortnight. All businesses close except pharmacies and hospitals. Only emergencies force us to interact at said hospitals or pharmacies and you must return home if possible.
Can this be reasonably calculated? What about a quarantine by definition, isolation for the full 40 days? Could we eradicate the cold? Flu?