I never imagined that it would take me a week after my return home to post this to the blog. Among other things I am preparing to move my office and dealing with a viral epidemic in our apple trees.
In the meantime, the flu epidemic seems to be fairly well controlled, although several new cases have been reported in Georgia. A number of viral authorities have been commenting on the spring and fall pattern of previous pandemics, particularly the Spanish flu of 1917. The pattern is a relatively mild first wave in the spring and a severe or devastating second wave the following fall. Nobody knows whether this pattern will manifest this time but since it is a recognized pattern from previous pandemics I think we should take some precautions.
There is concern among flu experts about what may happen now that bird flu virus and swine flu virus have met. Bird flu kills over 60% of those who have the disease but it does not transmit readily from person to person. Swine flu virus transmits readily from person to person. A sneeze or a handshake can do it, but swine flu is not nearly so deadly. The concern is what may happen now that the two viruses have met. The reassortment of genes could result in a new virus as deadly as bird flu and as easily transmitted as swine flu. No one knows whether or not this will happen but concern among virologists is increased by the extraordinary ability of the swine flu virus to incorporate genes from other viruses that are favorable to the swine flu virus's propagation. Swine flu is already present in the epicenters of bird flu, Asia and Egypt, so the two viruses have an opportunity to interact.
Since no one can predict what will happen, I think the following four actions are prudent.
- Take FSBS+ 12 drops twice daily for the remainder of this year unless something very reassuring happens.
- Check Perelandra Health Watch regularly for updates.
- Check your vitamin D levels to be sure you are at or near 80 ng per milliliter. Adjust your dose if necessary to achieve that level. See my posts on vitamin D in the March archives.
- Take an inventory to see if you have at home whenever you need (food water supplies, and espedially prescription drugs and nutrtional supplements) to last for at least a month. When you are quarantined is not the time you want to run out of any of these. Quarantine has proved the most effective way of stopping an epidemic. If the situation gets severe you may choose to quarantine yourself even if the government doesn't do it. If you don't have on hand what you need, and few of us do, start now to accumulate whatever you lack.
Now, I think I can get back to completing the series on magnesium, which I intend to do in the next post.