Topic: Does Avian Flu have you a wee-bit nervous?  (Read 4217 times)

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Offline Tony

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Does Avian Flu have you a wee-bit nervous?
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2005, 10:11 AM »
While I generally agree with the spin put on topics to generate ratings, especially in this day of 24 hour, 365 day news channels, ignoring serious health risks isn't really a good thing.

While the chance of SARS, avian flu or some other outbreak occurring in this country aren't huge, they're not slim either.  If you need a more realistic view on how getting lax about responding to POTENTIAL major catostrophic events can be detrimental, look at New Orleans.  For 25 years, the area between New Orleans and Pensacola, FL. has been constantly reminded of the potential disastear that a major storm could cause.  But of course, as is human nature, dissapointment ensued after most every storm, so we got lax.  See how that turned out for the Gulf Coast, huh?

I'm sure when another major earthquake hits California and a 100,000 people have their whole world destroyed in a matter of minutes, somebody will say they weren't properly warned.  And should avian flu strike here, the media will be blamed, along with the President, the CDC and everyone else, because people certainly can't be expected to take responsibility for their own lack of readiness.  

The techniques, though they play an important role in the early stage, should not be too restrictive, complex or mechanical. If we cling to them, we will become bound by their limitation.  Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it.


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