Monday, October 3, 2005
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Things that keep me up at night
The Independent's Jeremy Laurance reports that the World Health Organization is trying to calm people down about avian flu:
Well, I feel much better now.
Even more calming is this Time.com report from Christine Gorman:
posted by Dan on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM
Just what did W learn from his vacation read?
The lack of urgency astounds.
Or, is there much more happening that we do not know about since knowing about it would create panic (although the projected death of 150 million is sobering indeed -- assuming we can begin to comprehend that magnitude of catastrophe)?
Or, and this seems likely to me, have we no solution in the timeframe required?
Woe is me. My own country (Ireland) hasn't even started stockpiling anything...and a flu pandemic is invevitable. Maybe I should buy my own antivirals.posted by: Gavin on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM [permalink]
I remember swine flu and the Do Something Now buttons. Or was that Whip Inflation Now? Swine flu will mess you up. Or was that the vaccine that messed people up?posted by: Max on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM [permalink]
SARS is coming for all of us. Until it hits modern hygiene and medicine. Yawn. Lemme know when the sky hits the ground.posted by: Mark Buehner on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM [permalink]
Given the response of the political authorities on all levels in New Orleans it strikes me as silly to keep pooh-poohing these possible events. The cronyism in the appointment of officaldom at the Federal level under Bush and its incompetence is staggering(Michael Brown, John Roberts, Julie Myers and for more see Michelle Malkin). To expect that these people can respond to an evolving organic event is reason to be concerned.posted by: Robert M on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM [permalink]
Major catastrophes deserve that title in part because the expenses associated with preventing or even substantially mitigating the damages of such disasters make it almost impossible. We'd spend billions and billions to avoid bird flu (which might never even hit) and instead be struck by WMD, earthquakes, power outages or another type of WMD.
The lawsuits and hearings after 9/11, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the immediate outrage over the recent boat flipping in upstate New York show that we're great at reacting to tragedy ("Someone must be to blame!"), but unwilling to do much to prevent it.
And realistically, unable to do much.posted by: Brian on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM [permalink]
The U.S. has the advantages of plentiful capacity, readily available modern therapies (IVs) and better than most in terms of hygiene and etc.
Still, the very young, the very weak, the very elderly, and the compromised (diabetics for example)would be at great risk.
How to prepare? There probably is no "silver bullit" preparation program.posted by: healthcarethinktank on 10.03.05 at 01:04 AM [permalink]
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