3) coughing blood (death by pulmonary collapse), high fever, progressive arthritis
Headache. Clamminess. People drop dead within a few days.
I live in East Asia and it is certainly ripe for a pandemic. Bad hygiene, overcrowded cities and terrible terrible misuse of antibotics. Also, even in this so-called developed 'hub' people are still eating the shitty parts of animals.
It is a matter of time.
It's hitting Chicago right now. We don't have the usual freezing temps and deep snow to keep people from spreading it while they're asymptomatic, so people are bringing into work with them.
"I don't have the flu; I have a cold" is the popular response.
^ Thank you, grandma!
I think SARS really changed the attitudes of a lot of people in Hong Kong. When I went there more than 10 years ago, it was a very dirty and unhygienic place. This summer, I was shocked at how clean most places were. The handrails on the subway system get automatically disinfected every couple of minutes.
More likely, it will be something like that recent bout of swine flu: arriving from slums of a place like Mexico City or Lagos.
I know what you mean, R7. My cousin's kid was coughing and hocking up green goo during Christmas service. I pointed this out to my cousin with concern. She just shrugged and responded, "Allergies."
I hope it happens soon and massively. We need severe population reduction.
I hope it starts at your house, Adolf at R12.
r10 - not Mexico City - the altitude.
I just got over a bad bout of the flu and decided to watch Contagion, not a good idea. I'm so fucking paranoid now. The scenes in the movie where they focused on all the public surfaces the infected people touched, just ugh. And the bit at the end about how it started in the first place, because you just know that shit is really happening out there with low industry standards on safe food practices, especially in places like China.
That movie made me want to live far away from other human beings.
All I know is that nothing is going to touch fucking Madagascar.
I meant Lyme. And it won't be confined to New England.
Oh goodie, R19. My a-hole boss is going on a business trip over there soon! Hee hee!
R1, love the pan flute showcased in one of the Tarantino movies with Uma Thurman. Haunting!
But really, some people are hysterical and upset the world didn't end recently so this is the next hysterical focus.
Some wouldn't mind the world ending because civilization isn't reaching levels overall it should have by now. That's a healthy, logical outlook. Totally normal. There is so much suffering occurring which is needless with humans having a level of control. Disappointing deeply. Aah, let the world end. Whatever.
Then there's the ones who are having an either harder time with the concept of death and that's where the rest of us need to take note. These end of world types need to be audited by someone if they have dependents. Especially children under 18. Elderly parents and significant others. If you can't stop thinking about it, call an agency. Tell them what you've seen and allow them to make the call. Someone to bounce it off of, their spin on it. Just never use it to spite anyone. Some people are really imbalanced about the reality of our time here on earth. Religions so take advantage of this by promising an afterlife. Please, after about 80 years one is okay with getting a chance to rest. Please! Enough is enough. You're getting tired. Some people can't accept our time here is just a visit. This makes them dangerous. Keep an eye out for them, will ya?
W&W for R8!
I'm still waiting for bird flu.
A bit slow...
Why are so many Americans so obsessed with catastrophes, conspiracy theories, pandemics, etc.? Remember the Avian Flu in 2005? Article after article comparing it to the Influenza of 1918, warning healthy men in their 30s to be very careful, predicting how, within days, there would be no food at supermarkets, etc. All for what? To freak people out? Nothing like that ever happened. The existence of humanity ebbs and flows. Wars, disease, drought, etc. have occurred for centuries and will continue to occur. Just focus on not being an asshole and helping others whenever possible.
Could someone please explain R8's post to me? I don't get it.
Your standards are pretty low, r22. That was a not particularly interesting, very typical, Gwyneth joke.
R25 = The death of the party.
To those who are thinking people are screaming that the sky is falling for nothing, read David Quammen's book Spillover.
I was disappointed in it compared to his other books, but it was still an interesting read.
He tries to state plausible, but worst case scenarios in context and without fear mongering.
All Gwyneth jokes are good jokes, Bruce / R26.
Most of these flu bugs seem to originate in Asia where people are squashed in cheek by jowl with chickens, pigs and whatever other creatures.
I just got my flu shot today and don't regret getting it. It was a good decision with so many being sick from the flu these days.
"I don't have the flu; I have a cold" is the popular response."
The result of the whole, dismissive "man-flu" attitude.
I know when I have a cold - I also know when I have 'flu - so STFU with your "man-flu" diagnosis or I'll come and breathe on you...
I agree with R12
R28, how about posting a one-paragraph summary of what he actually says? Or giving one of the many examples he provides? Year after year, experts warn and warn. Remember in the summer of 2008 when we were warned that gas at $5/gallon was "definitely going to happen" by 2009, and that once that happened, we could forget about it ever going under $5, according to "experts"?
Overpopulation. Already started. Everywhere. The solution to poverty and hunger largely begins with population control. And if breeders don't do that ..well, Mother Nature will. You heard it hear first.
We create our own doom. People waste their lives by waiting for the shoe to drop. They look for shelter in case the sky is falling. They look for the tell tale signs that life isn't worth living anymore.
When you call for death long and persistent enough, death will answer.