Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tom asks: What do you make of Daisy Luther’s recent article about her experience with WuFlu?
My reply: I like Daisy’s commentaries; as regards her story about having the WuFlu, I think that story speaks for itself. She has two serious risk factors that would exacerbate any serious cold or flu. She is significantly overweight – on the verge of the medical threshold defining obesity, one of the major “co-morbidities” associated with severe “cases” of the WuFlu. And she is asthmatic.
In other words, she is not healthy. The very definition of people who are more vulnerable to getting sick and who tend to be sicker when they do get sick.
But her physical state – her vulnerability – doesn’t mean everyone or even most everyone is vulnerable and that is the nut of the issue, if the issue is how to respond reasonably to this “virus.”
People who are vulnerable would probably be wise to take various precautions – the main one being to avoid crowded public areas (the “mask” is a theatrical piece that doesn’t serve any medical purpose) as sensible people who were unusually vulnerable to the flu have always done in the past.
But to insist that everyone live as though they, too, are vulnerable – when the fact is they aren’t (assuming they aren’t obese, asthmatic, arteriosclerotic -and so on) is as silly as insisting that everyone who can swim stay away from bodies of water and wear a life preserver at all times.
I am glad that Daisy is better now. But that doesn’t mean I need to be afraid of getting sick.
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