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March 14, 2006

If/When Bird Flu Mutates

-- by Dave Johnson

As if Iraq and Katrina were not enough reason, here is ONE MORE reason elections matter.

Renowned Bird Flu Expert Warns: Be Prepared,

"I personally believe it will happen and make personal preparations," said Webster, who has stored a three-month supply of food and water at his home in case of an outbreak.

"Society just can't accept the idea that 50 percent of the population could die. And I think we have to face that possibility," Webster said. "I'm sorry if I'm making people a little frightened, but I feel it's my role." [emphasis added]

Do YOU think Bush and the Republicans have taken sufficient steps to prepare the country to deal with this?

And another point, have YOU prepared for the possibility of bird flu pasing from human to human? Do YOU have 3 months of supplies saved up so you won't have to go outside?

Posted by Dave Johnson at March 14, 2006 3:27 PM

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Well, if I live on rice, beans and soup, and go easy on the coffee, I could probably weather three months without shopping. It would be boring, but not that difficult.

Besides, as one of them overweight Americans, I could probably just give up food and live just fine.

Posted by: Scorpio at March 14, 2006 3:45 PM

Actually I could probably get along fine for at least a month because I stock up in advance, especially if I spot any bargains. Three months? I don't think that's a sane way to prepare for an epidemic. Keep in mind while you stock up that you'll also have to have three months cash on hand to pay for rent, mortgage, bills, etc. which I guess you'll have to pay without going out to the mailbox.

Imagine what would happen in everyone in the country decided to stay inside for three months. What would happen to the economy if nobody goes to work for three months? And why three months? Is that rational? Would the pesky virus go away in three months? We've forgotten about all the old, traditional ways of managing an epidemic. This is not how it's done.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 15, 2006 7:34 AM

I'd be fine. What I don't know is why you think the opinion of one man should scare me.

Posted by: Terry at March 15, 2006 6:42 PM

a good blog site you have ...

Posted by: audacious at March 16, 2006 3:45 AM

The worst part is, actual dangers get lost in the climate of general fear promoted by the Bushies. I quote the April '06 Scientific American on how virusts can change:

"When two viral strains infect the same cell, their gene segments can reassort just like figures on a slot machine, forming new combinations and thus novel versions of the virus"

The article was about rotovirus, but the same mechanism is likely in H5N1 - if it infects someone who also has a contageous human flu, we could wind up with a contageous H5N1. That would make Saddam's WMD's look as if they never even existed. Oh, wait...

Posted by: decrepitoldfool [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 18, 2006 8:09 PM

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