The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought into focus the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans. This is called a zoonotic spillover, and frighteningly, this is more common than you might think. Six out of 10 diseases in humans are zoonotic. Some are benign; others, like COVID-19 can be deadly.
Once you get a sense of the big picture, you can start to narrow things down in order to make daily decisions. After all, if you’re headed into winter, you get warm clothes. If you’re going to the beach, your take a swimsuit. These are bare basics, but bare basics are essential to know.
Thirty years ago computer viruses were still uncommon. Those were the days before the worldwide internet made it possible for all kinds of malware to be instantly and widely disseminated. In the late 1980s and early 90s if you were infected by a computer virus it almost certainly arrived on an infected floppy disk, and that is what happened at the Biblioteca.