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Now Arriving at Gate 33: SARS

Updated: The World Health Organization issued its first ever specific travel advisory in 55 years, recommending all but essential trips to Hong Kong and Guangdong Province in China be cancelled. The lack of a vaccine or preventitive treatment has provoked this warning.

Of all the second-rate airports in all the cities in the world, she had to walk into mine. This is not encouraging.

by Christopher Heiser on April 1 12:47

Disease Spreads

Don't believe reports that SARS is under control. Hong Kong is still struggling to conain this heretofore unknown heath crisis. A BBC report indicates that SARS is more contagious than Ebola. The report also claims that the disease is caused by the same strain of virus that includes the common cold.

I am not a hypocondriac, but I am nervous. It's clear that this disease has spread far beyond China and Hong Kong; it remains to be seen if it will truly become a pandemic. With mortality rates around 3%, it's not nearly as . . . (continued)

by Christopher Heiser on April 1 01:59

Leading Edge Leading Cause

It looks like the data recovered from the downed Columbia shuttle has shown that a hole in the leading edge of the wing is the likely cause of failure and not a ceramic tile as reported earlier. This is consistent with the report referenced earlier on this site:

This report also discusses the weakness of the wing leading edges and considers significant damage to critical on reentry, noting that a hole larger than 0.63cm (about 1/4") in the insulation meets this criteria. In summary, the report estimates a one in 84 chance of failure due to orbital debris . . . (continued)
by Christopher Heiser on April 1 01:36
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