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Swine Flu: Obama’s Katrina?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 8:18 pm

The news today is potentially grim:

  • The WHO and CDC track the spread of a new H1N1 swine flu that is an unusual blend of 2 forms of swine flu, bird flu and a human flu.
  • Unlike most swine and bird flu strains, this virus can be transmitted between humans.
  • Over 60 young adults are dead in Mexico.
  • Several people in California and Texas have become ill, and the CDC says it’s from the same strain.

This could get very bad, very fast.  Hopefully the American health care system can be brought to bear quickly.  FEMA, the CDC and local agencies should be gearing up as I type.  Information on the flu, antivirals and such vaccinations as exist (it is thought that the flu vaccine may moderate the disease) would be moving to the front line providers in the private health care system.

Or maybe not.  With all the focus in Washington on a passing a national health care bill, with all the private health care providers hunkering down for the duration, maybe the response will be as delayed and muddled as the disastrous response to Katrina.

Hope not.  But what I’ve seen so far of the new guys doesn’t bode well.

Update:  Glenn Reynolds isn’t impressed either.


  1. And even worse news.

    Comment by nk — 4/26/2009 @ 12:20 am

  2. Hmmm … actually I’d rather not see the President get ill like that. And not just because Joe Biden is next in line.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 4/26/2009 @ 9:58 am

  3. That’s just me being an asshole, Kevin. I do that sometimes. Why should Scott have all the fun?

    Comment by nk — 4/26/2009 @ 10:11 am

  4. It’s OK. You let me take a cheap shot at Joe Biden, which is always appreciated.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 4/26/2009 @ 4:09 pm

  5. I think our fear of pandemic flu is overblown. A couple of thousand people die of the flu in the US every year.

    Comment by carlitos — 4/28/2009 @ 8:19 am

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