February 5, 2016
If you’ve been reading my work for any length of time, you’re aware of the fact that the world is headed into depopulation. From this point forward, barring the arrival of totally unexpected forces, the number of births worldwide will continue to fall.
February 26, 2016
I’ve been thinking a lot about viruses due to the emergence of the Zika threat. Then, a little over a week ago, some new virus came into my life. Most likely, it was a recently evolved serotype of the rhinovirus, the cause of the common cold. Rhino is, of course, from the Greek word for nose, which is where the virus was thought to enter the body.
March 11, 2016
The world has reached “peak babies.” Global population will continue to increase for a while, simply because people are taking so much longer to die these days. When lifespans stop increasing, though, world population will fall. Eventually, the entire world will face the kinds of demographic problems that Japan and many other countries are dealing with today.
April 25, 2016
We already know about Zika-linked Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a serious condition. This autoimmune disorder attacks the peripheral nervous system (PNS) that handles communications between the central nervous system (CNS), the brain and spine, and the rest of the body.
May 23, 2016
Last week, I wrote about the existential threat to the US and other economies due to the aging of society. More specifically, I referenced the CBO’s 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook, which concludes that our growing aged population’s healthcare expenditures present a dire threat to the entire economy.
August 1, 2016
As I predicted, the Zika virus has almost certainly entered mosquito populations in the US. Persuasive evidence indicates that mosquitos in Florida have infected at least 14 people, and the FDA has shut down blood donations in two counties. Confirmed cases have been found in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but I have little doubt that it will eventually reach the Gulf Coast where I’m located. One storm could spread Zika-carrying mosquitos into Louisiana and Texas.
October 24, 2016
The CDC has expanded its count of Miami neighborhoods with verified local transmission of the Zika virus. As a result, pregnant women are taking precautions. Some have left the area. Others are donning hazmat suits.
November 7, 2016
It’s a sign of the times. The Japanese company Bibilab is selling a washable Zika protection suit. Available in three colors, the 6,600 yen ($65 US) garment isn’t a bad idea for pregnant women living in areas where mosquitos carry Zika. But in the long run, it won’t matter much.