…HA has started a little cache of survival supplies in case the bird flu hits and grocery shelves are emptied and her household quarantined.
…As she wrote before (see March archives), people would probably be taken care of at home.
…But are businesses ready? Would anyone be there to give HA work? Or let her get cash? What if she couldn’t make a mortgage payment?
…Maybe there would be no one at the mortgage company to take it….so this is OK?
…(Weirdly, this bug seems harder on younger, fit people than the babies and old—this is the workforce, basically.)
…These are all things Katrina victims faced. Multiply that by the whole country. Then multiply that by 18 months.
…The White House is releasing a plan that notes that movement around the country would be limited. International flights would be limited and passengers quarantined.
…We could be looking at 2 million deaths, they say.
…Sick workers and those caring for family members would stay home.
…Employees should be at least 3 feet apart…teleconferences would replace face time.
…People exposed would have to take sick leave and stay home.
…Colleges could close so dorms could be used for the sick.
…The military would be involved in a lot of this. Like that’s a surprise.
…In a related story, a computer model showed that these efforts would do little to stop its spread.
…There is no magic bullet, according to one epidemiologist.
…Some people even thought of using the vaccine given to chickens. While some doctors
went eeek-ewww, others seem to be considering it.
…If we had enough antiviral medicine (and if we knew for sure it worked on H5N1) and we gave one-fourth of the people 10 doses before they got sick, only about 84 million Americans, instead of 102 million, would get sick.
…But we don’t have that much. And probably that isn’t going to happen.
…HA still recommends an excellent little book (see right): The Bird Flu Preparedness Planner.