HK’s great and all, but it sure does come w/ a lot of stomachaches. You never know if what you’re eating is safe, and now that three people in China have died from the bird flu in a month, I’m starting to get freaked out big time.
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. Bird flu mutating, going from bird to bird, bird to human, and we’re now waiting for it to go from human to human. When that happens, we’re basically doomed as there are no known cures and it’s got a very low survival rate.
I watched a documentary recently that enlightened and terrified me at the same time. Apparently, scientists have already created a bird-flu vaccine, but only 250 million doses are available (not even close enough for the earth’s population of 6 billion). Pharmaceutical companies are unwilling to produce more doses of it because they make more money off of normal drugs like Tylenol and Advil, so in the meantime, we’re facing a situation where if a pandemic breaks out, only the rich/elite will be able to survive…
On top of that, the vaccine may not even be effective on the new H5N1 virus, since it would have already mutated to go from human to human.
So what can we do? I guess nothing… Stay away from dead birds? I really don’t have a clue. Hopefully, the mutation will take longer than my lifetime and I won’t have to worry about it!! Eek!