Recently, there has been a lot in the news in regard to the Ebola virus. Scary!
I was pondering this virus the other day and it reminded me a lot of Stephen King’s book, “The Stand”, which came out in the late 1970’s and I read it some point not long after. It was a “War and Peace” length of book and had like 1,200-1,300 pages.
First, I’ll remind you that organ transplant recipients have virtually no immune system as we take drugs to prevent the rejection of our life saving organ by way of destroying our immune systems.
“The Stand”, as I remember, was a riveting (to me) novel where the U.S. military had created an influenza virus that was leaked and escaped to the general population, eventually killing 99.6% of the world’s population in a very short period of time. I do remember how well written the book was and how explicit the transmission of the virus was and how grisly deaths that followed were as it spread rapidly throughout the world. It was scary Stephen King stuff indeed.
Anyway, now this Ebola stuff is floating around …. add to that the new Entrovirus 68 is out there in the wind ……. this kind of stuff stirs up the old “Germophobic” thoughts and fears in my mind.
So far, I’m refusing to let them control me or take over my life. But, if this stuff continues, you may soon see me stocking up (actually adding to my existing collection) on masks, Purell and latex gloves.
As a side note, it’s safer to hug than it is to shake hands …… just sayin’.