This morning I was feeling a little better until I read the headline on Yahoo that pneumonic plague has returned in China. While coughing violently I read the article all the while thinking that surely this is the beginning of the end of days. The guy who died yesterday was a neighbor to the guy that died a couple of days ago. I cannot even imagine having to be an emergency care giver in a situation like that. Oh...I just was re-reading the article and there have been 10 other people who died. They were relatives of the first guy...or the index case. (I've read a number of books about Ebola and other deadly diseases). The virus that causes Ebola, well a HUGE number of the virus could fit into this period. <-- period. The world has become a scarier place than it used to be, I believe. Well, back to being a health care professional in China at this time (or any other time) would be a hair raising event. I'd not last long, but then..they are all quarantined so I couldn't get out to share the plague with you. I wonder how many will get past authorities and run to Beijing, but they might not live long enough to make it far. WHO says humans would only live 24 hours after exposure. They got pneumonic plague from killing and eating marmots. Marmots are sort of a squirrel/prairie dog looking thing, but after you are infected it is spread by coughing or sneezing. The droplets fan out and gets everywhere and wait for you to come along and touch that surface.
Anyway, I just bring this up as I sit here coughing from the mysterious cold, and being thankful as all get out that it isn't worse, and that I don't live in China (for many different reasons). I wonder if my doctor would be happy to call in some prescriptions instead of me coming by his office today. Just wondering...but not hopeful.
Oh yeah...summer has returned with a vengence! It was nice and cool all weekend and last week, I think...been sick..remember. Today it is supposed to get up to 103F. Ugh.