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Sarah Lyall on the British and Religion
Question: Are the British religious?
Lyall: Not really. I mean, it’s the Church of England, which is the old Anglican, you know, pretty strict religion. Not much anymore. You know, there’s a lot of immigration now and a lot of them are Catholic. There’s a lot of Poles there, a lot of Eastern Europeans. And so that’s where the immigration, that’s where religion would be increasing. And Islam is increasing because there’s more Muslim immigrants as well. But they, they’re shocked, [my] American, you know, the American religions right, you know, they can’t believe that people exist who have the 10 Commandments on their front lawns and who were saying that Iraq is God’s will, and that makes some kind of sick, actually.
Question: Why did Tony Blair convert to Catholicism?
Lyall: Well, he did it after he left office. His wife is Catholic. And, I think, you know, he honestly is a kind of spiritual guy, you know? He really… For all that you might think he made terrible, terrible mistakes, you know, I’m not allowed to say it, [some mystery reporter]. But, for all you think that Iraq might have been a terrible, terrible thing, I honestly believe that he thought it was the right thing to do morally. I think he felt there was an obligation to get rid of Saddam Hussein. And, I think, while he was in office, he couldn’t convert to Catholicism because it would have been seen as a big deal politically. And I’m not sure it’s ‘cause he didn’t want to alienate Anglicans. I think it’s just it would have detracted, distracted from his job and all the other stuff he was doing. But it is kind of shocking, ‘cause it makes you look backwards and think, or, you know, some of the decisions he made, is that because he was already a Catholic or whatever? You just don’t really know. But he did it pretty quietly, and he… It seemed, you know, again, if you sort of at least respect someone for following through on their own principles, it was a commendable thing to do.
Immigration is making Britain more religiously diverse, but still agnostic, Sarah Lyall observes.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.