Maybe there's a blog block flu starting...I can't think of a topic.
Stop the presses, that actually makes me think of a topic.
What's the deal with the bird flu?!
Yes, yes, I know that it's somewhat important for people to be made aware of risks to the public health. But is it absolutely necessary for us to have almost daily reports of the number of sad avian lives that are being destroyed? FFS, Newsweek, this week, has a picture on it's cover of some technician swabbing the inside of a roosters mouth (I'm thinking CSI: Chicken Scene Investigation).
Now, you may be thinking, this is just Spins being her crazy veggie self going on about the chickens. But, no, that's not my gripe at all. The problem is the way in which this is being blown into some impending international disaster. I'm having flashbacks to the Ebola scares of the 90's.
And not everyone really understands the fact that this is not a human epidemic right now. They are giving flu shots to my dialysis patients right now, and I've had more than one question about whether this covers the chicken flu. (As if the drug companies would come up with a deterent to this thing before it happened, and hand it out for a $10 co-pay...maybe I'm just cynical.)
Again, it's not that we shouldn't be prepared...but isn't there some other national or international concern that could better grace the cover of Newsweek or the other mainstream news sources? Something that we might actually be able to take some sort of action against?
I understand that the flu is deadly. Tens of thousands died in the flu epidemic at the beginning of the last century. And the potential for a similar death toll should this cross the species boundary and convert to an airborn pathogen. But do we really need to raise our stress levels ahead of time? Since stress lowers our immune system's ability to fight off viral infections, the best thing we could do for our health is to tell the press to leave the topic the hell alone for our public health officials to address, until there is an actual threat.
I'm off my soap box now and going to watch the actual CSI.