I see those nasty bacteria and viruses up close and personal on a regular basis.
Disaster preparedness is now compulsory training for physicians. I know we have to learn about worst case scenario, but I seriously think we'll all just be wiped out. Look at how far and wide Swine flu was spread.
I was joking with a colleague about the possibility of the government snatching me up to use if a disaster should strike: I am unmarried and have no kids. My colleague reminded me that somewhere in the mass of papers I signed to become a physician is the proviso that I can be pressed into service (think Hawkeye Pierce in MASH)
It's a very, very scary world right now.
I don't think people realize how quickly situations can change, either. We're being briefed at work all the time now about the infection rates for something like the so called swine flu, but I've been amazed at how little it's being covered anymore in the press. I've also always been fascinated on how you go about preventing infection even without taking into consideration human tampering (or weaponizing)-- all it seems to take is a couple of people being carriers, getting on a plane and going about their normal lives to create a very serious scenario.
And Traumcave, I had forgotten about Frank referencing this in April!
Go watch The Wire. Now! And then watch Rome, Oz, The Sopranos, Deadwood and Carnivale.I never knew anything HBO before "Six Feet Under ".
Haha! Or cos(x) curve.I mean its like uuuuupp and doooown the sin(x) graph.