ProfWag wrote:Now, if 36,000 Americans die each year from complications resulting from the flu, why don't we hear more about that in the media? Seems to me like somone needs to start taking the flue a little more seriously.
IMO, the complications from flu prevention would absolutely have a devistating effect on the world economy. It would mean actually staying the heck home and not going to malls! The death toll would be nothing compared to the economic crash that would happen because of it. Businesses would have to actually give sick time off (with pay) to sick people so they wouldn't be interacting with us healthy ones.
Imagine in a perfect world where a person who is actually sick can stay home without fear of not being able to pay their bills or being fired. Imagine if somehow your doctor bill was covered 100% if you were found to actually go and get diagnosed at the first sign of a communicable disease. Imagine if people didn't abuse sick time to go fishing or on long weekends, just to get some time away. Imagine if people actually gave a crap about other human beings and actually stayed the heck home instead of knowingly spreading their own little personal epidemic to everyone who crossed their mobile path.
The one thing that is known is that the flu is spread by germs. I say keep your stinkin' germs to yourself and learn how to stay home when you're sick. For starters we need to teach children to properly wash their hands, use tissues and not cough directly into each other's faces. Then we need to concentrate on how to educate the public to make them understand that a sale on Tickle Me Elmo does not constitute an emergency on your part to have to get to the store no matter how sick you are.
How about designing all new buildings with windows that actually open, for something called 'fresh air'? Many of our buildings are now called 'sick buildings' because not one window opens. I also like the idea of wireless headsets for telephones. The old office system telephones used to be a breeding ground for just about any contagious illness as are communal computer keyboards. Personally, I think I would have a better chance of mud wrestling with Typhoid Mary in an infected petri dish than I would using an office telephone in a community area of a large office building.
And as previously mentioned, the malls... oh those wonderful shopping plazas where all the sick people home from work can go to entertain themselves. Why sit home bored when you can shop? Don't forget to stop by Starbucks and get your cup of tea since it's the only thing you can hold down without hacking up in public. Besides, it's just the flu and you've already got it so why not spread the joy this holiday season?