swine flu

04/30/2009 at 5:44 AM 1 comment

I dont know what to think about this swine flu thing. Sounds horrible but  from my point of view the symptoms are indistinguishable from many other illnesses. furthermore we dont have the tools to differentiate it in real time. also the treatment is rather generic, not specific. So do they want us to treat everyone that comes in vaguely resembling the flu? Do we wait for test results by which time it is rather late to treat? It has not been reported in Maryland so do we wait until it is reported here?

In some ways we are lucky. Our population is somewhat rural and less likely than most to travel extensively. the chances are very high that if the flu reaches us it will reach the population centers of Washington and baltimore way before us, so we will get warning.

As an intelectual exercise what the CDC has to do is fascinating but as a real live intervention, I feel for them. It must feel like trying to catch a million mosquitos with a leaky net.

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