Airplanes and Viruses

As I watched the planes circling Atlanta in their super high holding pattern tonight, I thought about what a perfect delivery system for people we have developed. For people and their own personal retinue of germs and viruses we all carry with us.

I thought about flights originating from Seattle/Tacoma airport and found: Spirit Airline -nonstop to Dallas Ft Worth and Chicago O’Hare, Alaska airlines to Pittsburgh, Delta to Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and New Orleans, and Frontier to Austin Texas. These are flights originating there and going to these cities.

In Kirkland Washington 25 residents and 25 staff are being tested for a probable outbreak from Covid19 virus. That’s about 18 miles from the airport. Also, a high school student 18 miles from the nursing home tested positive for the virus. Unfortunately, he had been allowed to go back to school before they learned he had it. As the head of the CDC said, it’s not a matter of if but when.

What makes it even more difficult is the 27.5 million people in the country who have no insurance. Many of them are liable to not even go to a doctor if their symptoms are mild, meaning they are more likely to spread the virus to people who may become seriously ill.

There are a lot of unknowns left to figure out in this crisis, but unfortunately our medical system in America is ill equipped to handle anything even resembling a pandemic. Our medical and hospital resources have already been stretched this year by an inordinately severe flu outbreak.

It would have been nice if the CDC task force for infectious disease had not been fired, and the CDC’s funding severely curtailed. I really believe the money would have been much better spent on those facilities, then on a border wall.

We will have to wait and see what develops, but those planes keep flying even now, and I know there’s nobody yet where they are debarking with a thermometer to check temperatures. There will be though before too long, I think.

I’m not writing this to panic anyone. There’s no need for panic, but every need for precaution and preparation.

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