website statistics

A fresh research by a team at Germany's Humboldt University have created a video, showing how a pandemic can spread from London's Heathrow airport.
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)
Loading...

In the past, diseases have remained relatively localized and whenever an epidemic surfaced, it was usually confined to a select area. A video now explores how, with busy airports like London’s Heathrow, a pandemic today may spread globally within days.


Pandemic outbreak

The video is more of a simulation, showing what may happen in the case of a possible pandemic outbreak at a busy, global city. Major airports around the world are specifically such places which can spread a disease within hours, given the fact that they send out flights to all parts of the world every single day.

Relying on the data from SARS outbreak in 2003 and H1N1 pandemic in 2009, German researchers at Humboldt University have created this video. Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann who is heading the team says that the video, and the model devised by his team, can be used to measure the rate of a pandemic’s spread from a given point.

Commenting on the example of London’s Heathrow Airport, he said, “For example more people travel each day between London and New York than for example, London and some small town in the UK. So would it not make sense to think of London and New York as being close neighbours and London and a small town in the UK be far apart?”

The geographical distances which once were the key defense against contagions and diseases, are quite meaningless these days. There are airports everywhere, people fly internationally in every country and so, if a virus spread on an airport as dense with flights and people as Heathrow, it would reach out to virtually every other continent within no time.

The video from these researchers shows that the virus is likely to spread first to European cities, Greeland as well as the north coast of Africa. It would then reach the east cost of U.S. and India and as Europe succumbs to it, west coast of U.S. will also be afflicted. Then it may travel to Russia, Thailand and South Africa before hitting India and Asia. Finally, Australia will also be included in the fold.

According to Brockmann, the model suggests that the contagion will spread in circles, as assumption researchers have based on extensive study of recent disease outbreaks. Professor Brockmann further says that if a contagion starts at a global city such as London or New York, it will spread very rapidly.

Courtesy: Daily Mail

Buy Cheapest Related Product From Amazon.com


Microsoft Joins Efforts To Replace Passwords With Better Authentication Technologies

Hacker Discovers Remote Code Execution Vulnerability On eBay
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post

Tags: ,

  On December 14, 2013(2 years, 6 months ago.)

You May Also Like:

What Do You Think?

Leave a Reply




Loading Facebook Comments ...

FTC Disclosure: Some of the links of this website are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.


Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

Siri might not understand the question you asked. But you can use Siri by editing the text that you asked & it will give an updated answer.
Perhaps, you are new Apple user and you might have no idea how to change name of your iPhone. Check out this tutorial to change the name.
Check out this tutorial to lock Android phone using PIN code, Password or Pattern. Following the easy steps, you can secure your smartphone.
If you could not figure out yet, how to save and send GIF from your iPhone, then this tutorial is just for you.
Google released 'Ambient Display' feature with Android 5.x Lollipop. Check the tutorial to know how to turn off Android’s Ambient Display .
Have you recently got your 3D Touch iPhone 6s and struggling to delete apps? Go through the tutorial to learn how to delete or move the apps.
Just read this tutorial by yourself and from now on, we will show you, how you can make your iOS device read text loudly for you.
If you're still struggling to take selfie on iPhone then check it out to know how to take photos from far using iPhone's headset as a remote.
Even if your iPhone is locked, people can reply from the lock screen. Check out, how to turn off the quick reply message from locked screen.
Have you forgot Apple ID password or having trouble signing in? Check out this tutorial to reset the password.
Close You Have To Login
User:
Pass:
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook