Coronavirus could turn to global pandemic as freak solar minimum means outbreak ‘imminent’

Friday, January 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

CORONAVIRUS could spread into a global pandemic due to a freak slump in solar activity, with experts warning of a spike in “potentially deadly viruses”.

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

The “deepest sunspot minimum” for more than a century is about to force the Sun into partial hibernation, they say. Public health authorities have been warned to be vigilant with the phenomenon linked to historic viral pandemics. Previously unseen strains could emerge through the coming months while existing ones turn super-virulent, according to a report in Current Science. The news comes as Coronavirus rips through China, rapidly infecting more than 800 people.

While not naming Coronavirus specifically as being caused by the solar minimum, experts say the weaker magnetic field caused by the drop in sunspots gives ground for new viruses to emerge.

Lead author Chandra Wickramasinghe, of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, said: “A global virus pandemic is imminent.

“On the basis of sunspot numbers, this could have serious consequences globally during the coming months.”

The solar slump is causing the Earth’s magnetic field to weaken allowing “biological entities” including DNA to fall to the planet’s surface.

Scientists believe infective agents originating from comets and other planets inhabit near space in a type of soup – the so-called panspermia theory.

While they can naturally drift towards Earth, they are largely held at bay by magnetic fields which are strengthened by solar activity.

The imminent reduction in solar activity will knock a chink in this armour while “opening the floodgates” to a “flux of cosmic rays”.

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One Response to “Coronavirus could turn to global pandemic as freak solar minimum means outbreak ‘imminent’”

  1. This solar minimum is the 22 year cycle according to climatoligist Cliff Harrris these are normal cycles. It appears app. Every 200 to 250’yrs. Maunder, rat plaque and others. We are just in the first year.


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