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It's a tremendous amount of hysteria for something that hasn't even happened -- and may never happen, if past experience is any indication. For almost a decade, North Americans have been bracing for one cataclysmic threat after another -- superbugs, bioterrorist attacks, apocalyptic plagues. There have been real threats (Y2K, West Nile, mad cow, SARS, anthrax), but in each case, the amount of paranoia surrounding the threat has been exponentially larger than the threat itself.
So fear has become the epidemic -- and safety, or our perceived lack of it, an obsession. Perhaps what's most unsettling is that the definition of what it means to be safe keeps changing. Six years ago, being safe meant building a subterranean bunker and stocking up on bottled water and duct tape in the event the Y2K bug should destroy the world's computers and bring about global anarchy. More recently, safety has meant slathering oneself with DEET to ward off West Nile-infected mosquitoes; swearing off burgers, those purveyors of mad cow disease; donning paper masks on subways to avoid contracting SARS; and stocking up on Cipro, on the off chance some maniac should unleash anthrax in our midst.
Originally posted by justme1640
Shadow I'm not sure I understand your reference - could you clear it up for the slow ones like me
Originally posted by Serum39
All kidding aside: Benevolent Heretic, you said "So I will prepare".. how will you be preparing? And what exactly are you preparing for?
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
We are also preparing to avoid getting the flu and if we do get it, to treat it. But I refuse to give more money to the parmaceutical machine, so there won't be any Tamiflu here.
And I'd like to add that I am not afraid. I refuse to live in fear, whether it's the bird flu or terrorism. If the flu comes and gets me, I'll go without fear, but I will do what I can to prepare.
Originally posted by anxietydisorder
If a flu shot is available, take it. You create a firewall against a virus that could not only infect you, but those around you.