Saturday, May 4, 2019
Ebola 2019 Update
Go over to Bayou Renaissance Man, and read Peter's summary of the situation in DRC today.
I have nothing to add that would improve on that.
Which is a relief, frankly, because I really didn't want to have to go fishing in the cesspool for this update.
This thing is coming around again, TPTB are no smarter, and no better prepared, and the question is not whether, it's when and where.
The first city in North America to get one active case will be Dallas 2014 Redux.
Set your wayback machine for that episode, refresh your memory, and plan accordingly.
If anyone gets a dozen cases or more, cancel Christmas, and put your affairs in order.
Ain't no one who can handle as many as 12 cases at once in all of North America, short of concertina wire barricades, full medieval quarantines, and martial law.
And at that point, "care" is palliative care, i.e. Hospice, for those who are going to die.
Things are still fairly small in the grand scheme, but this thing is inexorably headed for liftoff.
I said the same thing in 2014, at about the same time of year.
By fall, it wasn't a prediction, it was a prophecy fulfilled.
Africa is the birthplace of stupid.
You've been seeing that there for several months; soon, you're going to see the consequences elsewhere of that problem. Probably including here.
As Kim DuToit said way back in 2002 (and probably many times before and since), "Africa Wins Again."
That's not a good thing.
Run for the hills? Hell, no.
Be ready to cope with not just a pandemic, but the second-, third- and fourth-order consequences of a pandemic? Hell, yes.
Oh, and FTR, "hoping it doesn't happen" is not a plan.
And you aren't going to "treat" anyone in your clan who gets this, unless by "treat" you mean "ensure that everyone else in the family dies a slow, agonizing death too."
You either avoid this, or it slays you, and stomps a mudhole in your family.
There is no third option.
Tick tock, boys and girls.