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Corona virus 2020: Strange Times And New Monsters

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Yes, another article on the Corona virus, as if there hasn’t been enough written about this pandemic that managed to completely shut down public life on 6 continents. Antarctica has been the only one spared thus far. Although they might have bigger issues to deal with. Earlier this year, Antarctic temperatures soared to 18.5 degrees Celsius, a heat record. This has led to an unprecedented loss of ice and quite a few headaches for locals.

Strange Times And New Monsters

No, this is not meant to be an article lamenting the loss of that precious ice or bring to mind an image of a lonely polar bear floating on a single sheet of ice that has broken away from the mass. Although I do want to highlight the dangers of what is happening down south, in particular how it correlates to the Corona virus. But, how? You just said that Antarctica has been spared?

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Bacteria From Decades Ago Trapped In The Ice

Hear me out. There has been extensive research on the consequences of the Antarctic ice caps and Tibitan glaciers melting. One recent piece of research in particular stands out. It attempts to isolate the bacterial population of ice cores, in order to learn about bacteria and diseases that the world has been facing in the past. The layers of ice function like the growth rings of trees, acting like a time capsule for a certain point in time.


                                                Scientists Wake Up Ancient Viruses Unknown to Medicine

While the research in question, executed by scientists from the Ohio State University, attempted to find out more about the diseases plaguing this earth up to 15,000 years ago, they found something far more worrying. Out of the 33 different viral populations they managed to isolate, they were only able to link 5 to known genera.

Anthrax bacteria, green, yellow
Anthrax bacteria, computer illustration

This means that there are 28 unknown viral populations, quite literally trapped in the ice like a perfectly preserved wooly haired mammoth. I repeat, 28 new viral populations that we, in the modern world, have never encountered before. Out of these 28, more than half displayed infectious properties, meaning that they would be able to infect several hosts and spread from there.

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New Monsters: Frozen But Not Yet Dead

These samples looking for bacterial populations were only taken from one specific region, in a very limited number. This means that there could, no, scratch that - there will be many more bacterial strains hiding out in other parts of the Antarctic ice cover.

Now this would not be so bad if we were not currently well-underway in melting away large parts of this ice, courtesy of global warming. One of the core characteristics of viruses and bacteria is that they are not affected nor destroyed by cold, meaning that they could theoretically be preserved for tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of years.

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Photo by: Michael Martin

The key word here is ‘theoretically’. Researchers are not yet sure what will happen if the ice holding those bacterial populations melts. It might just mean that they go to waste, just like the rest of this huge frozen archive of the world that gives us a great insight in the past. This is already a distaster for science, as the equivalent of the entire National Archives going up in flames. Or, worse, it could mean that pathogens are released in the environment and gain foothold again.

New Diseases To Emerge

The latter surely sounds like a near-apocalyptic event, involving an unknown deadly disease from the past being released on our population and killing millions before someone even realises what disease it is. Or, worse, finding out that we simply do not yet have a test, vaccin or cure that would protect us.

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Is it realistic? Who knows, perhaps not. But if you would have told the world a year ago that we would be living in this surreal Corona-stricken world full of previously unheard of restrictions, they sure would have thought you to be mad as well.

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Corona virus 2020: Strange Times And New Monsters

Yes, another article on the Corona virus, as if there hasn’t been enough written about this pandemic that managed to completely shut down public life on 6 continents. Antarctica has been the only one spared thus far. Although they might have bigger issues to deal with. Earlier this year, Antarctic temperatures soared to 18.5 degrees Celsius, a heat record. This has led to an unprecedented loss of ice and quite a few headaches for locals. Strange Times And New Monsters No, this is not meant to be an article lamenting the loss of that precious ice or bring to mind an image of a lonely polar bear floating on a single sheet of ice that has broken away from the mass. Although I do want to highlight the dangers of what is happening down south, in particular how it correlates to the Corona virus. But, how? You just said that Antarctica has been spared? Recommended:  Coronavirus: Real-Time Laboratory For Urban Life Bacteria From Decades Ago Trapped In The Ice Hear me out. There has been extensive research on the consequences of the Antarctic ice caps and Tibitan glaciers melting. One recent piece of research in particular stands out. It attempts to isolate the bacterial population of ice cores, in order to learn about bacteria and diseases that the world has been facing in the past. The layers of ice function like the growth rings of trees, acting like a time capsule for a certain point in time. {youtube}                                                 Scientists Wake Up Ancient Viruses Unknown to Medicine While the research in question, executed by scientists from the Ohio State University, attempted to find out more about the diseases plaguing this earth up to 15,000 years ago, they found something far more worrying. Out of the 33 different viral populations they managed to isolate, they were only able to link 5 to known genera. Anthrax bacteria, computer illustration This means that there are 28 unknown viral populations, quite literally trapped in the ice like a perfectly preserved wooly haired mammoth. I repeat, 28 new viral populations that we, in the modern world, have never encountered before. Out of these 28, more than half displayed infectious properties, meaning that they would be able to infect several hosts and spread from there. Recommended:  Coronavirus: Symptoms Flu And Climate Change New Monsters: Frozen But Not Yet Dead These samples looking for bacterial populations were only taken from one specific region, in a very limited number. This means that there could, no, scratch that - there will be many more bacterial strains hiding out in other parts of the Antarctic ice cover. Now this would not be so bad if we were not currently well-underway in melting away large parts of this ice, courtesy of global warming. One of the core characteristics of viruses and bacteria is that they are not affected nor destroyed by cold, meaning that they could theoretically be preserved for tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of years. Photo by: Michael Martin The key word here is ‘theoretically’. Researchers are not yet sure what will happen if the ice holding those bacterial populations melts. It might just mean that they go to waste, just like the rest of this huge frozen archive of the world that gives us a great insight in the past. This is already a distaster for science, as the equivalent of the entire National Archives going up in flames. Or, worse, it could mean that pathogens are released in the environment and gain foothold again. New Diseases To Emerge The latter surely sounds like a near-apocalyptic event, involving an unknown deadly disease from the past being released on our population and killing millions before someone even realises what disease it is. Or, worse, finding out that we simply do not yet have a test, vaccin or cure that would protect us. Recommended: Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Is it realistic? Who knows, perhaps not. But if you would have told the world a year ago that we would be living in this surreal Corona-stricken world full of previously unheard of restrictions, they sure would have thought you to be mad as well. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the change in wildlife? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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