By John PavlusPosted 06.11.2009 at 3:26 pm 1 Comment
You may have seen circulating around the Web these cheesy, scaremongering PSA's, which were on every TV in the nation in 1976. US health officials meant well--after an H1N1 outbreak at an Army Base in Fort Dix, New Jersey, they were worried about a pandemic potentially as dangerous as the 1918 flu outbreak--but in hindsight, the widespread, nationwide immunization program created plenty of problems of its own far outweighing the spread of the flu. Given today's news that the WHO has declared H1N1 a global pandemic, it's good to remember that in some ways, we've been through this before.
After weeks of waiting, after months of "will they or won't they" speculation, after fortnights of fear mongering and resultant hype backlash, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally bit the bullet and declared H1N1 influenza a global pandemic.
Now, before you begin hording canned goods or accusing the media and the government of colluding to hype the disease for their own gain, take a second and look at what the WHO means by pandemic.
While health care professionals spent last week figuring out how to staunch the spread of swine flu, a team of Canadian scientists already knew how to handle the outbreak. In 2007, the researchers studied the spread and containment of a deadly virus in an area even more important than Mexico or Asia: the World of Warcraft.
The pandemic has hit. The flu has infected millions of people, civilization is on the brink of collapse and there’s only so much vaccine to go around. The plan calls for saving the most vital members of society, the ones who can help save us from the plague. The plan says vaccinate doctors. The plan is wrong.