Sooner or later someone will use a bioterrorism technique to release a pandemic which actually helps people! It could be that the common cold is it's first target.
How to catch a cold
Imagine someone with a cold gets in a lift. They sneeze and a fine mist of spray spreads everywhere. It quickly settled though. They get to their floor and exit the lift. You call the lift from two floors down and the first thing you do when you get in is to press the button to select your floor. A button covered by a fine spray of cold virus.
So now you have the cold virus on your finger. Not a big problem, it's unlikely to get through the skin on your finger. Of course you could infect yourself with a cold by now eating something.
Touched or want to touch your eyes yet?
As you've probably found out by now, we touch our eyes all the time and as soon as you do, that virus finds a warm, moist very thin membrane and promptly infects you. Ever noticed how a cold can make your eyes sore?
Deliberately spreading contagionNow imagine a terrorist intent on using biological warfare. A good way to spread contagion would be to spread their substance on anything which people frequently touch. Lift buttons, push plates on doors, door handles, shopping cart handles, magazines in a shop, newspapers and books in a library. Money! Forget the idea of sending letters. There are a huge number of ways of spreading any virus using things we touch.
Why there's no cure or vaccineNow imagine a genetic researcher who has made a fantastic discovery. He/she has come up with a genetic fix which will forever stop people from catching the common cold.
Would you buy it assuming it's 100% safe and costs little? Of course you would!
So if this had been produced do you think you would get the opportunity? Frankly you would have as much chance as a celluloid cat being chased by an asbestos dog through the fires of Hell!
"Why?" I hear you ask. "If it was safe why wouldn't it be available?"
The answer is simple. The people who would be marketing this are the very people who make a fortune every year by selling cold remedies. Are they ever going to willingly give up those billions of dollars of regular income?
That's why there are really no serious research projects into curing or preventing the common cold. None of the so called remedies actually cure a cold. If you buy them you might, if you are lucky, get some slight relief from the symptoms ...and you can get that effect with a simple home remedy. Here's the recipe:
An effective homemade cold remedyIn a tall glass:
- add 2 fingers depth whiskey (cheap stuff)
- add 2 fingers depth honey
- add 2 fingers depth lemon juice
- Fill the glass with hot water, stir well and drink.
- Go to bed with a good book and relax or sleep it off.
Now I know what some of you are going to say. "I don't like whiskey," but believe me - this tastes nothing like it. It tastes good, relieves a sore throat, relieves congestion and after three of them you won't care about the cold!
OK - free advice over; now let's consider something else.
What bio-terrorism has to do with a cureDuring the course of researching the first of our 'A Vested Interest' books - 'Immortality Gene' I had occasion to investigate gene therapy. It would be possible to alter a virus so that it inserts genes which prevent the common cold. If the virus remained infective, eventually everyone would find themselves immune to the cold virus. Imagine a genetic researcher has produced that cold cure. It really works and he knows it's safe. But he/she can't market it for the reasons explained above. He/she can't announce it either without putting their life at risk. There's a multi-billion dollar industry at stake here remember?
The researcher knows the people of the world want the cure though. Does that researcher have the right to deny them it? Should they risk the wrath of the drug companies to make it available?
I think you'll find that the researcher would adopt the bio-terrorist tactics to release his/her product.
Sooner or later some well meaning person will do this!