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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Life imitates art

The news came out yesterday that the premiere episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead pulled in a record 17 million viewers Sunday night.

In the past two or three years, zombies seem to have replaced vampires as the creatures most likely to appear in a fictional work. (Of course, the zombies have absolutely no redeeming qualities, whereas since the debut of the Twilight series, vampires have been romanticized.)

Today an AP article came out stating that the World Health Organization is now predicting that in two months time there could be as many as 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week. Per week.

(Am I the only one who sees a certain ghoulish parallel?)

18 comments:

Steven said...

No you're not John.

http://www.alternet.org/media/ebola-zombies-panic-spreading

That 10,000 new cases thing is pretty scary. But its not airborne so just don't touch anybody...how hard can it be?

John Craig said...

Steven --
Thanks, I hadn't heard of that.

I guess it's pretty hard, if you don't have props sanitation and so on. I've heard that African families will pay the hospitals for the bodies of their loved ones so they can give them a proper burial. As long as that type of thing goes on it will continue to spread.

And I just read a few minutes ago that a second health care worker at that Dallas hospital now has the disease, and they were theoretically using all the proper precautions. I can't help but wonder if the disease is not a little more contagious than we've been told.

Anonymous said...

I attended a work related training yesterday where a woman talked about nutrition, telling us during her presentation that if each of us had a good, strong immunity system, it could possibly help us not contract viruses such as ebola (the woman literally mentioned ebola). Personally, I'm skeptical, suspecting that some viruses are too potent (ebola for instance) - we could easily catch this virus, especially if a carrier is in our midst. Like I said in a former comment (on another post), people being people, this virus can easily spread, so I wasn't surprised to hear about new cases appearing in the U.S.A. I was disappointed, but, not surprised.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
I actually think that a strong immune system, bolstered by good nutrition, can help ward off some viruses, but I agree with you that she's overselling it if she thinks it can ward off something like Ebola.

That's like lifting weights so you can defend yourself against a grizzly bear attack.

Steven said...

The National health service says:

"A person is infectious as long as their blood, urine, stools or secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus disease is generally not spread through routine social contact (such as shaking hands) with patients who do not have symptoms"

But I think you could be right. It must be somehow very contagious. Maybe 'secretions' includes sweat...tho the good news for us is people sweat a lot less where we live in winter time than in west Africa.

Steven said...

oh and lastly, you know what Woody Allen said:

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.

jova said...

interesting that the Dallas Nurse was given a blood transfusion from the doctor who survived ebola. Since his blood has antibodies to fight the virus.

ZMapp, the experimental treatment , was given to the doctor who caught ebola, and he recovered. I wonder if this new serum was also given to the nurse in Dallas.

Dr. Brantly , in addition to being given Zmapp also received a blood transfusion from an ebola survivor. Not sure which treatment helped save his life. He has already given his blood to 3 American ebola victims (the nurse, the reporter and another doctor) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/10/14/the-decades-old-treatment-that-may-save-a-young-dallas-nurse-infected-with-ebola/

i really hope this treatment works for the 2 Dallas healthcare workers

John Craig said...

Steven --
That's a good line.

John Craig said...

Jova --
It would make sense that the blood of the survivor would be helpful. that's basically how snake anti venom is produced, as I'm sure you know.

Sounds like the survivor could make some decent money marketing his blood.

Anonymous said...

When the woman was speaking about nutrition, I was skeptical specifically about being able to ward off ebola (not other ailments), even if a person has a good, healthy immune system. To me, there are some germs, viruses, etc. that are too potent. I agree that having a good immune system enables us not to catch bad things.

-birdie

P.S. would it be possible to have an edit button for
commenters to use, allowing them to edit
their own comments (later on)? Sometimes, I
see mistakes in my comments wrong version
of a word for example) and I so want to
correct it, but I have to let it go (maybe that's.
a good thing).

Anonymous said...

It's coming out no2 that it appears there was much disorganized sloppiness in the caring of Mr. Duncan while he in treatment in Dallas. If the claims of these whistle-blower nurses are true, we'll be lucky indeed if more of his caregivers are not also infected.

John Craig said...

Birdie --
Agreed on the immune system.

As far as I know there's no way to edit comments once they're up (I can't do it either). I wouldn't worry about it, everybody has typos, especially now with Autofill.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Let's hope. And let's actually hope that they were in fact sloppy and that's how the nurses were infected, because that would mean that the disease is less contagious than this incident might lead one to believe.

Steven said...

There are between 250,000 and 500,000 flu deaths a year worldwide. So far its like 4,000 Ebola deaths. Just saw that, had to share.

Anonymous said...

Hi John--I'll go on record as predicting that ebola will fall by the wayside the same way that sara, west nile, avian flu, mad cow, and a few others I can't think of did. And for a couple of reasons. One, besides ISIS, there's not much else to fear monger about. And, Africa is a hotbed for lots of disease mostly because of the extremely poor sanitation, filthy water, and warm weather. But not before much milage will be made of it. Hope I'm right. Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
I hope you're right too. I do think we have to have some travel restrictions regarding Liberia and sSierra Leone in the meantime though.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes a strong immune system will cause a 'cytokine storm' from some flu virus's (not so sure about Ebola) So mainly the young and healthy will die.

I'm concerned that exposed people are flying back from Africa in commercial airlines passing through public airports.

I personally would be very concerned if I was a nurse and had been working in a dangerous part of the world (being exposed daily to Ebola), then get seated next to people who did not choose to put themselves at risk. It seems unbelievably selfish and very common to Liberal mindset.

Please correct me if I'm wrong about this.

But as Brian said this will blow over.

Andrew

Unknown said...

They could be calling it "African Rabies"

Luke