Tag: Epidemics

COVID and Reflections on the Polio Pandemic

 

The Rotary Society is still actively fighting polio today.

On the Friday before the Labor Day weekend, Daughter 3 stayed after school for a few minutes to talk to the substitute teacher of her Bible class. Pastor Mike (not his real name) is the pastor of my in-laws’ church, his wife works in the school office, and they have a daughter in middle school there, so my daughter felt rather free to pepper him with some tricky questions. Over that long weekend, the teacher, who had been feeling a touch under the weather on Friday, progressed to definitively positive COVID-19 symptoms.

We were in the loop anyway through my in-laws, but my daughter received a notice on that Tuesday morning: because she stayed to talk to that teacher, she was considered “exposed” and had to quarantine for 14 days, just in case she got sick too. On Thursday, Daughter 2’s best friend, with whom she had spent most of Labor Day weekend, left school early – she had lost sense of taste and smell. On Friday of that week, due to these and other cases, the school announced that it would close for 2 weeks. Just due to mandatory rules regarding exposure, 1/3 of the staff (to say nothing of a significant number of students) had been ordered to stay home and quarantine. On Sunday, Daughter two said she thought she was having an asthma attack that she couldn’t kick (she has moderate asthma). On Monday it was worse and my wife took her to be tested. We did not get the test results for nearly 24 hours, but when they came they were positive. From that moment on, our entire household was considered exposed and ordered to quarantine.

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The elites in the West (except the Swedes) have emulated the Chinese Communist Party in shutting down their economies and curtailing the freedom of their citizens. This is the first time in history that the healthy part of a population have been quarantined. Dr. John Lee M.D. in the April 30, 2020 issue of The […]

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The coronavirus epidemic has led to much discussion of the fact that a globalized world can greatly facilitate the spread of such plagues; see for example Spiegel International, also Richard Fernandez. But a highly-connected world also enables the spread of many other kinds of bad things: political and religious terrorism and telephone-based scams, to name […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet.  Seawriter Book Review ‘The Next Pandemic’ follows former CDC ‘disease detective’ Posted: Saturday, May […]

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Recently, there has been an outbreak cluster of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Saudi officials have gone so far as to shut the doors of some hospitals to contain MERS; recent headlines suggest they are making progress at getting it under control. Now, this year’s Hajj pilgrimmage to Mecca is […]

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