Could this be how it starts? “Captain Trips” as Stephen King called it in The Stand. A flu like no other, the start of the pandemic which most medical authorities concede, will occur sometime in the foreseeable future.
After last year, when there was hardly a sneeze or fever to be found, the beginning of 2013 starts with an alarming 22,048 cases reported from September 30, 2012 until the end of the year. During the same time period last year, 849 cases were reported. Reports of a hospital in Pennsylvania constructing an outdoor tent to house flu patients, and public emergencies being declared in both Boston and New York State, are scary to say the least.
The runaway virus in The Stand was caused by a government experiment gone amok…really, is there any other kind? And while at the moment there doesn’t seem to be anything sinister about this year’s flu, it does make you wonder just how much information is not being made public. We all know the government loves to protect us from any information which might cause… I don’t know, anarchy maybe.
Are we on the verge of the Zombie Apocalypse? Can this be the start of a virus which mutates and mutates, leaving behind those who survive to, well, not quite be themselves? Will we become a country who lives only in the daylight, afraid to go out at night and risk being eaten?
I doubt it, but it just might be time to think about getting a flu shot