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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quarantine



The black plague was thought to have been introduced to Europe mostly through trade routes. If such a devastating plague could travel so far in the days of horses and sailing ships, imagine how fast disease can travel in the days of jet aircraft.

Hundreds of years ago many diseases were limited by geography. A disease like Ebola could not travel very far because it disabled and killed its victims too quickly. Lower population density also meant that there were just not as many people to liable to come in contact with each other.

Now we have high speed travel and high population density. On the other side of the equation is a much better knowledge of disease and better treatments. However, I am concerned with this most recent Ebola outbreak as medical workers appear to have a very high infection rate. To me that's a sign that the standard procedures are not working.

When that happens we are reduced to what worked in the Dark Ages: quarantine. Keep the sick people away from the healthy people. Sierra Leone is attempting a quarantine right now, but I would not have much faith in their attempt. The quarantined area is too porous. People come through, sometimes by stealth, sometimes by bribing soldiers. A quarantine that is only partial is no quarantine at all. Other African countries have also set up quarantine areas, with mixed results.

Various countries have cut off air travel to and from the affected areas. That's prudent. Airports have stepped up passenger health monitoring. Those who appear sick end up in an isolation ward -which is a fancy modern way of quarantining someone. The real fear is that the disease could spread to a modern densely populated city that's also a busy transportation hub. What if the disease spread to a place like India or China?

Now imagine that quarantine efforts fail. Worse yet, imagine that you are still healthy, but in an area that's under quarantine. People in the quarantined areas of Africa do not have enough outside support. Not only is medical help in short supply, basics like food and water are too.

The only thing to do is to somehow separate yourself from the general population. You would need enough supplies to survive for the duration. Somehow you'd also have to protect yourself from contact with other people. That's not very easy to do. Maybe you have a hidden cabin in the woods, a cave, or have barricaded yourself in an abandoned factory building.

It is something to take seriously. The epidemic is not under control. In the next few weeks expect to see a big jump in cases. That's when panic will set in. Don't be one of the panicked ones.

-Sixbears



12 comments:

  1. "What if the disease spread to a place like India or China?"

    Or Mexico. I believe a case has just been confirmed in Mexico City. With all of the human traffic traveling through that country to the U.S. (infecting those along the entire route) and fast tracking through the U.S. border, one can only imagine how quickly that could spread. Nameless faces just passing through the area with no means of determining where they came from - sounds like the makings of a 'slate wiper' virus to me.

    If a quarantine would occur, I would imagine foods and medicines being distributed in some shape or form. Staying at home would be the 'New Norm' for several weeks to allow the sick to die in place and keep them from infecting others. Schools and other places where people gather would be closed. Maybe home schooling TV programming would be formed as a public service by TV stations, rotating programming during the day to allow kids to do their work.

    A lot of businesses would take it in the shorts. Amusement parks, sports arenas, shopping centers for example. Occupations where employees don't work a stable 9-5 job all year round. They are particularly vulnerable.

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    1. Mexico is another nightmare thought.

      Yes, businesses would take it on the chin.

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  2. Nano silver cures Ebola.a iv with nano silver cures this disease. They won't allow this easy affordable to happen. Why???Because itis cheap.And the Medical Mafia won't let it happen. Nano silver not colloidal silver

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    1. There are some promising vaccines and other treatments, but will they scale up in time? I'm not familiar with nano silver so I don't know. Silver does have known anti-biotic properties.

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    2. 2009 Department of Defense finds Nano Silver inhibits Ebola Viris.
      Go to DTRA confirms Nano Silver study .

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  3. Yes Anon, I have heard of nano silver and the miracles that it works. Me? I am too old to worry about it. The doctor already told me I am dying and there isn't anything he can do about it.

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    1. I worry about the kids and grandkids.

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  4. Make you think about just how fragile our lives are!

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    1. Amazing that we take if for granted, isn't it?

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  5. I have 2 kids in school. I always freak out when all of the kids at school start coming down with the flu! I would have to keep them home if something worse than that was going around school. I really don't see the schools shutting down as they won't shut down when they have the flu! They didn't want to shut down when our water supply was contaminated by the MCM chemical leak in January of last year. It will be a nightmare!

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    1. You think the shot is the cure.Thats the Medical Mafia.
      Go to VirusMyth and see what the Best Microbiologist in the world think about truth of the Viruses.

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    2. I have never gotten my kids nor myself the flu shots. I don't believe in them. I think you need to build up your immunity as much as you can. Now, that doesn't mean I would go around someone with the flu with the intent of getting it! lol I do my best to avoid any and all types of viruses. I hate being sick!

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