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Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses
Fall From the Sky Each Day

New York Times, by Jim Robbins

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Posted By:MissMolly, 4/16/2018 5:10:10 AM

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky. Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline travel. Very little is known about this realm, and that’s why the number of deposited viruses stunned the team in Spain. Each day, they calculated, some 800 million viruses cascade onto every square meter of the planet. Most of the globe-trotting viruses are swept into the air by sea spray, and lesser

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: rolfnader, 4/16/2018 7:27:22 AM     (No. 11603609)

Count on OP to remind us that the sky is falling.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 4/16/2018 7:52:07 AM     (No. 11603630)

Sorry, I´m not going to click on the NYT article today. But if the viruses are below where the airliners fly, then we fly through them every time we ascend and descend from cruising altitude. Maybe that´s why I and many others get sick almost every we fly. A couple grams of vit C is helpful in warding off these nasty bugs - one pleasant tasting brand is even called "Airborne".

Perhaps shutting the aircraft venting during times in the virus zone would help passengers and crew stay healthy (and don´t forget to wipe down your tray table, etc. as these are usually festering with someone else´s cold bug.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: varkdriver, 4/16/2018 7:55:44 AM     (No. 11603633)

#2, the air that is pumped into the aircraft comes through compressed air bled off one of the compressor stages of the engine. It then goes through the environmental control system where is it is cooled, humidified and then run through the various parts of the aircraft that need airflow/pressurization.

I would believe the compression and subsequent heating of that air may have an effect on those viruses.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/16/2018 10:02:02 AM     (No. 11603753)

I find this kind of article interesting because I study diseases. From my earliest education I found the stories of pandemics to be fascinating. perhaps it sounds morbid for a kid to be intrigued by mass illness and death. Stories of Louis Pasteur (cure for rabies), Edward jenner (cure for smallpox) and Jonas Salk with his cure for polio really sparked my interest in becoming a scientist.

The scary story is a kind of "fiction" because viruses are really more like little machines than living matter. I think of them like nature´s Lego block collection (currently, there are about 33,000 different Lego Blocks made). Nature probably has tens of millions of viruses and thousands more new designs are created every day. In that regard, they are like snowflakes (the ice crystal kind not the human idiot kind). And like lego Blocks, they click together with various biological systems in very specific ways only. But, in order for a virus to actually infect a biological system, they have to fit just right into a receptor. And, strangely, not all viruses cause harm even if they infect a system. No one really knows what they do except for the ones that cause changes - sometimes deadly changes- within the bio-system. And, like the article claims some changes can be good. I think we worry too much about viruses. We animals have lived with them for millions of years (perhaps billions). And, almost all viruses are harmless. It is only the relative few that cause us harm and humans are finding ways to combat even them. In other words- interesting little things, but nothing to worry about very much. Like asteroids, super volcanoes, and other mass disaster things we hear about from time to time in the NY Times.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ribald1, 4/16/2018 10:13:22 AM     (No. 11603770)

Scientists discover that the wind picks up small items and blows them around.
Just wait until they discover that the sun warms the earth or that it is brighter during the day than at night.
It is comforting to know we have such people delving into the complexities of our world.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FLCracker, 4/16/2018 11:44:51 AM     (No. 11603849)

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

A virus hit me on the head!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 4/16/2018 12:18:13 PM     (No. 11603903)

Viruses are packets of instructions, can be taken into cells and convert them to make more viruses.

So, we are under attack just like our computers are under attack.

Our immune systems work pretty well to keep us on an even keel as long as we do.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: EQKimball, 4/16/2018 11:56:50 PM     (No. 11604418)

Well, never let a virus go to waste. Here´s another good opportunity to whip up excitement, enact more laws, create new agencies, spend more money, sign self-flagellating treaties and blame big business.

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