posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 03:13 PM
This video is highly inaccurate. First of all, the level 6 pandemic warning by WHO is nothing remotely similar to a code red by our Homeland
Security. The ONLY thing level 6 means is that some illness is widespread. It says absolutely nothing as to the severity of that illness. H1N1 flu,
at the moment, is relatively mild. Most of the victims who died, as in most cases of flu, are those who were already weakened by other illnesses.
Second, the powers of quarantine were not given after 9/11; they have existed for a hundred years or more, from back when tuberculosis, scarlet fever,
smallpox, and other highly contagious diseases were common. Public health officials already had the authority to check on your health and quarantine
you. This is no violation of any Constitutional rights, either. These infections would be considered a "clear and present danger", which takes
precedence over personal civil rights.
Within living memory, there were tuberculosis sanitariums where people could be confined as long as they had the disease - which in some cases, meant
for life. These sanitariums only emptied out when antibiotics provided an effective treatment.
Sure, the government can misuse these powers, as it can misuse any. However, these powers have existed for over 100 years.
Public health is still more important than individual rights. IF this flu behaves as the one did in 1918, then the next wave will kill hundreds of
millions of people throughout the world, millions in the US alone - all within a year or so. That's a lot of people. It's natural for the
authorities to be getting a wee bit skittish over the possibilities.
If we get a deadly pandemic, then it makes perfect sense to close schools, ban all public gatherings, require sick people to stay at home (or go to
the hospital), and so on. The less you're out there exposed, the less likely you'll get it, or less likely you'll pass it on if you do get it.
So get yourself enough food and water to last several days (or more, if you have the room), get yourself some aspirin and Thera-Flu or other remedies,
and relax. Consider getting the vaccine, if you're into that sort of thing; or don't. It probably doesn't matter all that much. From what I
read, flu vaccination is about 40% effective, which is better than nothing, but not particularly good. Wash your hands frequently, especially after
touching surfaces exposed to the public, or shaking hands, etc. (maybe keep some alcohol wipes handy).