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If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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There is a long, more or less continuous scale from the pure elements to intelligent life such as (some) humans. A block of pure iron certainly is not life. Nor is a simple compound such as salt (NaCl). Then you can start walking the line: At what level of chemical complexity do you cross the line separating "life" from "non-life"?
The decision is more or less arbitrary, so scientists have been arguing back and forth for at least a couple of generations. Virus certainly is not far away from the dividing line, but for quite some time now, there has been a common understanding among scientists that virus is not on the "life" side of the line. If the line were to be moved, to include virus, it would be very difficult to define the criteria that puts virus on one side and certain other complex compounds on the other side.
Scientists have (more or less) agreed on a set of criteria that all must be fulfilled to call it "life", and virus fails at least one of these criteria. I am not a biologist, so I don't dare to list the criteria from memory, and I do not off hand know where they are found.
I believe that virus fails I some criterion that they are capable of performing other life functions in isolation - they are fundamentally dependent on a host for a number of things that life should be able to handle on its own. If there is a biologist around, feel free to correct me on this! (And then also point to the requirements where virus fails.)
The wet market in Wuhan that gifted us with the current plauge sold known corona virus carriers like bats.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
At the time, noone knew. It has been a very difficult task identifying the source.
And that work has been performed than others who spend an hour or two every day to tell his followers that they must honor him for being so great that he has solved the problem for the world - actually, he is so proud that he demands that others must kneel down and praise him, otherwise he won't talk to them. The crazy thing is that people do!
But ... read on: his Health Minister (who definitely should have known better) has gone down with it as well, and quite likely gave it to Boris (that's him beside Boris, ignoring Social Distancing[^]) and the Chief Medical Officer who recommended Social Distancing and lockdown to the government has also got it.
Petards! Petards! Get yer petards 'ere!
If you wrote this into a soap opera, no-one would believe it.
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