COVID-19 is a wily virus; can humans outsmart it?

It has jumped national borders with ease, infecting more than 9 million people around the world and killing at least 470,000 in about seven months. But humankind has a few tricks of its own.

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June 26, 2020 - 2:37 PM

To prevent a dangerous new virus from having its way with humankind, you might take a page from the Chinese warrior king Sun Tzu, and think like the enemy.

Imagine you are a coronavirus, in a form never before seen by humans. Your goal is simple but wildly ambitious: invade and hijack the cells of a new host and multiply for as long it takes to establish your spawn in at least one other new host.

Repeat until there are no humans left to infect.

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