When the head of the World Health Organization says a new virus is her "greatest concern right now," people worldwide may wonder whether they should be concernedAnd, of course we have this not at all alarmist story, in which the Grand Mayor of WHOville, Dr. Margaret Chan, said in Geneva on Monday that the respiratory coronavirus MERS “is a threat to the entire world.”
In the course of my long career with the State Department, I don't know how many times I had to deal with the impending end of the world as declared by the WHO, the CDC, the media, and a host of "experts" who inevitably demanded (and got) more money for their organizations. By now, of course, we all should be dead from AIDS, SARS, swine flu, global warming, depleted ozone layer, mercury in our fish, etc. It, however, would appear from anecdotal evidence that we're not.
I guess one of these days we might have the real deal. Even the boy who cried wolf eventually got it right, but who (no pun intended) will believe the warnings?
If, however, this time it is true--even if it's not--this is a perfectly good excuse to cut off immigration from the Middle East where this virus apparently originates.
So, by all means, let's hype this "threat" to the heavens!
Do it for Gaia!
Do it for the children!