Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Lisa Simeone, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Interesting case in Maryland. Early days. But an influenza pandemic (for which the world is overdue) is a lot more serious a threat than A Terrorist Hiding Around Every Corner. Maybe Nappy and her pals will decree that we all must wear hazmat suits and not have any physical contact with each other, only with Approved Screening Specialists. Two articles:

    3 in family dead, 4th sickened from respiratory illness

    High CFR In Maryland Cluster Raises H5N1 Concerns
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If there is another pandemic, TSA will do it's part to spread it by changing gloves as seldom as possible.
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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Not suggestion illness to the degree of a pandemic but a flue (almost pneumonia like) illness is pretty active here in the DFW area. Two in my office, (out of 6) have it.
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Though they are, obviously, horrible, I think pandemics are endlessly fascinating. Public health is endlessly fascinating. I've done a lot of reading on the 1918-19 flu pandemic (and fans of Downton Abbey will recall it played an important role in one of the final episodes!). One of my favorite books is a massive tome by Laurie Garrett that was published in 1994 called The Coming Plague. (Yeah, cheery stuff! ;) )
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  5. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I'm pretty sure I have some form of this crud - happens almost every time I return from a long trip. :(
  6. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    This kind of thing points out the necessity of increasing your natural immune system (a la Dr. Russell Blaylock's --et al--ideas), which greatly reduces your chances of contracting these things and also decreasing the severity of the symptoms if you do.
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  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    It also helps to have had flu several times in your life, which builds up your immunity (though the influenza virus constantly mutates). During the 1918-19 pandemic, it was young people who were most affected. Tens of millions of people died around the world, but younger people were more at risk. Illness and death were often so sudden, other people's heads were spinning. It's impossible for us to imagine, because we haven't experienced anything like this. People would, for example, board a train in Chicago, feeling perfectly fine, and be dead when it arrived at its destination hours later. There were so many bodies in cities it was hard for coffin makers to keep up with them.

    Hey, I just realized I used two of the DHS's trigger words in one post. "Influenza" and "virus." Oooh, I must be a terrorist!
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I'm not looking forward to next Wednesday, where I get told by a State Fire Instructor(tm) that I'm a terrorist.

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