The subject of a lively discussion this afternoon, was that of the flood of Snowbirds heading North at this time of year, and when you consider the places they Wintered, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico So. California, one wonders what, besides souvenirs, they brought with them.
On the other hand, (sound like a one-armed paper hanger, don't I) When the press isn't busy with Armageddon type statements, guesses and such, It has been pointed out that the Swine Flu went through here about thirty years ago. Back in the sixties, it was the Hong Kong Flu. There have been cyclical flu epidemics since time began.
It is, however, noteworthy that the WHO and in this country, CDC are worried. Not about a few dozen deaths. that happens regardless of what precautions are taken. No, they are worried because this one caught them napping. It came out of the blue without warning and from a country, Mexico, that has less than stellar Health Care. This, if for no other reason should give cause to the notion that socialization of medical care is the answer to all problems. In the back of their minds, is the inevitable pandemic that everyone is talking about. Right now, we have no pandemic, just like all seasons, the threat of one someday.
It has also been pointed out that several hundred fatalities per year take place during Flu season with the seasonal varieties, which seem to be ignored these days. Could it be that the MSM needed a new fight song? A study by the CDC in 2003 established that about 36,000 people in the United States, die each year from seasonal flu varieties. That kind of puts a different perspective to the problem.
I don't know whether this will work, but I invite doctors from England and Canada to respond to the question, "Is socialized medicine better than not." One hears stories about months wait for elective surgery and even scarier stories. You may, of course use aliases if your comments might create problems with your employment.
Parting Shot -- 5.20.13
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