Saturday, February 10, 2007

Get 'em While They Last

West Nile and SARS, out.
Bird Flu, in.

I’ve had an increasing obsession with worldwide pandemic, lately. Instead of imagining just myself dying a horrible and painful death, I’ve been including the rest of humanity in my fantasies. Visions of plague and worldwide chaos follow me everywhere.

So when I just happened to cross WHO’s Pandemic Alert System this morning, I knew it was a sign from above. I was shocked to learn that we’re ranked at a level 3, out of 6, for the possibility of worldwide outbreak!

The culprit, you ask? Bird Flu, aka Avian Flu, aka H5N1.

As I continued to read, I realized my made up scenarios weren’t that far from reality. In the last century there were three influenza pandemics:

  • 1918-1919: 675,000 U.S. deaths, 50 million deaths worldwide;
  • 1957-1958: 70,000 U.S. deaths, 1-2 million deaths worldwide; and
  • 1968-1969: 34,000 U.S. deaths, 700,000 deaths worldwide.

I can do the math! We’re past due! But there is hope: the Bird Flu suit and survival kit.

Rey doesn’t think they’re practical, but I’m no dummy. A couple hundred bucks is a small price to pay for oh, I don’t know...YOUR LIFE! Experts agree, "Pandemic influenza is not necessarily imminent, but … it is inevitable.”


Barbora said...

Hi Leila,

I just hinted to my boyfriend that a pandemic mask would make an excellent and thoughtful Valentine’s Day surprise. I don’t think he would do any such thing though. After all, this is the same guy who offered to block WebMD on my computer.

Just wanted to let you know that I discovered your blog about a week ago and really love it (“ithinkitsmyspleen” is great too)! Thank you for putting your thoughts out there.

Btw…they still haven’t announced the cause of death for poor Anna Nicole Smith. Bird flu perhaps???


Leila V. said...

Hi Barbora:
Glad you enjoy the site.

Now that you mention it, the mask would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift. Nothing says, "I love you" more than a life saving device.

And on a side note, if Anna Nicole did have Bird Flu, there’s no telling how many innocents she passed it on to. We’re doomed!

Jenni said...

Hi Leila.... I have been reading your blogs for awhile now and really enjoy them. I can relate so much to what you are saying and helps to know that I am not alone in my feelings. You have a great sense of humor. And always look forward to new postings. I will quit hiding in the background now... lol :)

Leila V. said...

Hey Jenni:
Congrats on coming out of the shadows! ;) I know first hand that it’s safer there, because that’s often where you’ll find me.

Even though the internet is semi-anonymous, (if not completely), it’s still frightening to speak your mind, especially for those of us with anxiety.

Believe it or not, I get just as much comfort from people telling me they feel the same way I do.