What danger are ancient viruses stored in permafrost

The coronavirus, first manifested in Chinese Wuhan, put the entire planet on its ears. Because of COVID-19, thousands of people die, the world stalled economy. Doctors are working on a vaccine, but it can take many more years before it goes on sale.

The conclusion is sad: no one was really ready for a pandemic. But what if the old viruses stored in the “refrigerator” of permafrost and polar ice, which are melting faster and faster, start to wake up?

In fact, one does not have to go far for examples. In 2016, a serious outbreak of anthrax occurred in our Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Dozens of local residents became infected, thousands of deer died. The source of infection was in the tundra, which thawed, and along with the heat, sleeping bacteria that got into drinking water woke up. Doctor of Medical Sciences Vladislav Zhemchugov, specialist in especially dangerous infections, explains:

The pathogen spores have been stored in the soil for centuries. The infection that fell into the ground with the dead animal back in the time of Alexander the Great remains active.

In 2016, one child died of anthrax in Yamal; medicine was able to help adults. For the disposal of thousands of deer carcasses had to attract the military. The example is clear and fresh. Dangerous bacteria can be stored in the ice for centuries, millennia. For example, the smallpox virus, which mowed entire nations, was defeated only 40 years ago. Some experts believe that smallpox may still return in the future, as its virus continues to be stored in a natural refrigerator.

What can I say, some time ago, American researchers discovered bacteria that are 300 million years old in a cave in the United States at a 4-meter depth. Most annoying is the fact that the ancient microscopic creatures were resistant to almost all types of modern antibiotics. In this context, drilling in polar ice is of particular concern.

For example, in Antarctica at a great depth several years ago, a giant ancient lake was discovered, which was only 3 times smaller than Lake Baikal. It was named Vostok in honor of the Russian polar station located directly above it. Scientists believe that the giant lake was isolated from the environment for 15 million years. As a result of research, the bacterium W123-10 was discovered, whose DNA only 86% coincides with other terrestrial inhabitants. Like this.

What other microorganisms will be found in this water, and whether they will be dangerous to humans, is unknown, and for some reason I do not really want to check.
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  1. Tatyana Offline Tatyana
    Tatyana 11 May 2020 02: 02
    The planet steadfastly keeps its natural secrets from people, and in the struggle of mankind for its survival, there is still much that is dangerous to learn and know about people.
    1. Smirnoff Offline Smirnoff
      Smirnoff (Victor) 11 May 2020 21: 32
      US national intelligence, giving the go-ahead to infecting China, did not suggest the catastrophic consequences for the United States of this coronavirus.
      US National Intelligence, and the entire US intelligence community, believed that the United States would not touch on this disaster.
      That the United States will be able to hide behind the ocean, and the whole burden of the coronavirus epidemic will bury the Chinese economy.
      In the USA, back in November last year, they were already looking forward to the funeral of China and joyfully rubbed their terrorist hands.
      However, they MUCHLY miscalculated.
  2. Smirnoff Offline Smirnoff
    Smirnoff (Victor) 11 May 2020 21: 31
    What danger are ancient viruses stored in permafrost.

    No! In 2016, anthrax in Yamal was the work of Americans.
    The outbreak of African swine plague, the work of Americans.
    Americans, under the guise of marine research, have long developed deadly viruses.

    The danger to all mankind is borne by viruses man-made in secret bio laboratories of the Pentagon of the USA!
    The world coronavirus pandemic is a US bacteriological attack on China.
    Three independent outbreaks in the world indicate that the United States, in addition to China, infected, at the request of Israel, Iran and the Americans infected Europe through Italy.

    President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov:

    The pandemic was launched artificially in order to strike at the main rival of the United States - China.
    But China has virtually dealt with the coronavirus, and in the United States, mass deaths.
    And now those who launched the pandemic can admit that it was a mistake.
    In addition, oil prices collapsed.
    So, nevertheless, war remains for America the most real way out of the situation.

    Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 first appeared in the STATES !!! Remember. IN THE STATES !!!
  3. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 12 May 2020 06: 27
    My words should not be taken seriously. Now it has become a craze to dig something. Some are looking for weapons and attributes. Others are ancient cities. In my opinion, viruses can persist not only in permafrost. In 1970, a cemetery was excavated, and there was an outbreak of cholera. But after all, unknown viruses can also be stored in the thickness of the earth. In ancient times there were no laboratories. All health.
  4. GFR Offline GFR
    GFR (DDD) 23 May 2020 15: 06
    The conclusion is sad: no one was really ready for a pandemic. But what if the old viruses stored in the “refrigerator” of permafrost and polar ice, which are melting faster and faster, start to wake up?

    Nothing prevents people from marking objects and terrain areas that they know that are potentially problematic in terms of biological hazards on OpenStreetMap maps. Even in completely uninhabited polar places, clusters of dead animals melted from permafrost should most likely be visible on satellite images or known to local residents.