Sunday, June 22, 2014

How to rid the human race of any given random infectious disease

We know this, it isn't rocket science.

If you truly want to wipe out an infectious disease in a given population of human beings, it only takes four steps. Billions of dollars worth of effort, but only four steps.

1. Create a cheap test that shows positive or negative for the infectious agent, and test *everybody*.
2. Those who test positive, physically separate into a quarantined area.
3. Hire researchers and caretakers to care for and treat the quarantined.
4. Use the quarantined population as a test bed to work on cures.

If you are working for the eradication of an infectious illness, and are not doing these four steps, you simply aren't trying very hard.

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