…hardly blog worthy but so, so unusual for us. We have been up here for ten years and, not counting the somewhat frequent brushes with death by machines, blunt trauma and myriad other weird, wilderness-related accidents, we have been healthy. Disease free. We managed to dodge all the flues and colds that make the usual rounds. Isolation will do that for you. No people, no disease.
But we haven’t had a visitor in a month and yet we have classic back-to-school colds!?
Of course, we have encountered some people during that time and it was just last week we went to town on a shopping day so it is easily explainable but usually we can handle the occasional immersion in the germ pool without succumbing. Not this time. This back-to-school cold got us and is having it’s way with us like a kitten with a ball of yarn.
I mention this only because we also have an increased disease awareness these days. Ebola has a way of getting your attention, ya know? So does Enterovirus 68. Enterovirus 68 is paralyzing only a few kids so far but the disease made it all over North America pretty quickly. And people travel around the world in droves all day, every day. Even Liberians are traveling! My point: disease can attack faster than terrorists.
“Geez, Dave! You afraid of disease now?”
No more than before and, to be frank, NOT very much. Disease has been an enemy of the species since the dawn of time. We have been soundly defeated by bugs not just a few times. They estimate that as many as 100 million people died from the Spanish Flu circa 1918.
The interesting thing about the Spanish Flu was that it covered the globe in an era BEFORE the world was travel mad. AND there were fewer people in 1918. The point: something as benign sounding as ‘flu’ can take us out in swathes. Something like Ebola is much, much more deadly. Spanish flu had a death rate of about 4 per thousand people. Ebola kills 500 of 1000 people.
“So, what are you saying?”
Ebola is more important than ISIL/ISIS. REAL leaders would be way out ahead of this one.
Mind you, for all that, climate change and pollution are more important than ISIL/ISIS and our leaders haven’t done much on that score at all either.
I guess my point is about politicians – why do we call these people leaders?