Op-Ed: COVID-19 may be teaching the world a dangerous lesson: Diseases can be ideal weapons via Los Angeles Times (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

By CHRISTINE PARTHEMORE AND ANDY WEBERNOV. 12, 20203:05 AM

The devastation COVID-19 has wrought on the U.S. population is staggering. Yet the risks it poses to our national security are also chilling: Diseases are, in many terrible ways, ideal weapons.

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Unfortunately, the current pandemic shows that easily transmissible diseases may be ideal biological weapons if the aim is to infect as many people as possible, even if that approach endangers the aggressors’ own population.

Diseases also make for cheaper weapons of mass effect than nuclear weapons. […]

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