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Work just went ballistic.

It's because of swine flu. I don't work with swine flu but based on previous scares, funding is soon going to be concentrated on finding a cure for something that can't be cured, only treated, and for which we already have treatments, just not enough to go round. We could have enough for everyone for a fraction of what it costs to track our Emails, but that's logical and Labour don't 'do' logic.

This flu is more worrying than other scares. When bird flu infected a few people, none of them anywhere near here, there was much wailing and wringing of hands in high places. When E. coli O157 was getting down and dirty, it managed to kill a few but not many and it's extraordinarily easy to avoid. Like Salmonella, cooking kills it. Again, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. The Streptococus responsible for necrotising fasciitis (the flesh eating bug) didn't, as far as I recall, manage to get its victim score into double figures but we were told the entire nation might dissolve overnight. All those things, and more, were scaremongering crap.

By contrast, when foot and mouth arrived, the government were barely roused. They did nothing until it was too late, and then they had to sanction mass slaughter to bring it under control.

This flu is being treated with the same disdain. Nothing to worry about, they say.

That's what worries me.

Anyway, have to grab that funding before the Bird Flu Boys put their names to it. So blogging might be sporadic for a few days.
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(Anonymous)
29th Apr, 2009 04:16 (UTC)
"based on previous scares, funding is soon going to be concentrated on finding a cure for something that can't be cured, only treated, and for which we already have treatments, just not enough to go round. We could have enough for everyone for a fraction of what it costs to track our Emails, but that's logical and Labour don't 'do' logic."

But they do 'do' a leaflet on swine flu for every home in the UK! Hang the cost, man, this is an emergency, and Gordon wants everyone to know he's large and in charge...

JuliaM (http://thylacosmilus.blogspot.com/)
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