We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is this latest Chinese influenza over-hyped, or serious? You never really know until time passes because there are always hysterias. The news is always about hysterias, because they sell.
Already 6000 Americans have died from the ordinary flu this year. It can be the last straw for the frail elderly and otherwise fragile and ailing. Normal, natural final straw.
As greeters at church this morning, I refused to shake hands because I am getting over a stubborn cold/cough. To good friends, I explained "Just back from Wuhan."
Mrs. BD was NOT amused. Your Editor can be a jerk sometimes. I like dark humor but not everybody does, especially when entering church.
She's at the theater and dinner in NYC this afternoon/night with gal theater friends, so my high crimes and misdemeanors will blow over as long as I do the dishes, the laundry, and a bunch of indoor and outdoor pick up (I am doing, including clipping the heck out the the Wisteria as best I can - but I would do them anyway on a winter afternoon without plans. Except a steak supper out with a dear old pal later today cuz whenever She is out for an evening, I get together with pals. Me not much of a sitter except when I edit this darn website - and for my day job).
There is always a reason for not sitting, unless at work. I am off to the damn gym while the laundry cycles. Beer after. Life is pretty good in the good old USA.
I am very suspicious based on the outsized Chinese government reaction that they did loose the Kraken through some act of incompetence like selling "used bats and snakes". It feels a lot like the aftermath of Iran shooting down the commercial airplane. We all knew they did it right away before they confessed. Xi seems to be confessing w/o confessing. Plus oddly enough there is a lot of rhyming with Obama history in the Trump era so he would need to have an epidemic too. That said, Ebola didn't turn out to be so bad despite epic incompetence in the real global scenario so there is reason to hope but monitor and prep IMHO.
Our previous minister would say "say hello" to your church neighbors and not shake hand due to the season. The latest one never has caught on so I just avoid shaking hands if possible by saying something like I may have a cold. After church or hand shaking we hit the bottle of "bug killer" hand sanitizer as a precaution.
Eye opening video about life in China. Who knew the Chinese never wash their hands with soap and water? ...and yes, Amazon is sold out of W95 dust masks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5XkhUKMDM (no sound for the first few seconds)
ten teachers Gloves were developed for a reason far beyond a fashion statement.
Amazingly, they were worn by the public far before our medical communities accepted them for their examinations. Call it "old wives tales" or common sense. Oddly, it took some time for those providing the most invasive explorations of a specie's body that hand washing and gloves might interrupt the infection cycle.
Some years back there was a SARS outbreak that was thankfully stopped. There was also an Ebola scare that in the end only affected a few people. Either one of these could have been a full blown pandemic but we were lucky. My point is we were lucky and not that our methods are so good that we stopped it cold. We were lucky. If the next time we are not lucky we could lose a lot of lives. It seems to me that we should not go through life depending on luck. We do not have a good procedure in place to identify a potential pandemic early. We do not have procedures in place to counter a potential pandemic if it is detected. We do not have the political will to implement those procedures IF we even had them. Our avowed procedures to deal with the next pandemic is "luck". Are you feeling lucky?