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December 28, 2009

Germs, Selection, and Disease

Filed under: General — Peter de Blanc @ 10:35 am

The germ that infects you was selected for its ability to spread across hosts, but the germ population in your body is being selected for its ability to spread within your body. The latter is more destructive than the former, so the germ population in your body becomes more destructive over time. Thus for any infectious disease, we should expect the period of maximal transmissibility to precede the period of maximal suffering.

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