Dozens of people showed up Saturday at a San Diego public health center to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.
The outbreak started in San Diego’s homeless population. A population that has no real access to sanitary facilities. I don’t know how many have gotten hepatitis A, and the last fatality count I know of is 16. Could be up to 18 or more by now.
Keep in mind that people travel to and from San Diego. That means you could be getting people infected with virus and ready to inadvertently spread it around.
Hepatitis is nasty. Last I heard hepatitis A is really nasty. Treatment can be expensive and lengthy, and it’s real easy to become a carrier. The homeless are especially prone to it, thanks in large part because of their poor health. Also thanks to malnutrition, and when you combine the two together you’ve got a bad situation.
We don’t have adequate lavatory facilities, and as long as the city remains hostile to the poor and destitute it’s rather likely the situation is not going to improve. For the moment the outbreak really isn’t all that much, but it has the potential to get a lot worse. Don’t know about you, but I can see Sacramento and Washington DC putting a guarantine on this place; and won’t that cause a tizzy? Might even lead to our first National Disaster thanks to a virus.
And here’s the really bad news, even before the outbreak medicine in San Diego was being overwhelmed. I mean, how do you rely on emergency medicine when it really isn’t there to be relied on.
It’s coming, so be prepared. It may start among the poorest of the poor, but even gadzillionaires can get it.
I’m currently reading The History of Tammany Hall by Gustavus Myers—you can download a copy by using a link at the link. Now I haven’t read the whle book yet—I’m fact I’ve really just started, but the lesson I have learned is, Trump is nothing new.
It’s said that history repeats itself. Not so, history reiterates. We keep making the same mistakes because we want to. We really do want to see a different result for the most part because we really can’t understand just how and why the result we got had to happen.
There will always be people who disagree with us. Always be people who want things their way. Liberals insist that they have to be right, giving no consideration to human nature. Libertarians are the same way. Both, plus conservatives and others simply won’t admit that we are not a rational species, never were and never will be. We are emotional and until we accept that fact we really won’t see any progress.
Pride has always played a role in our affairs. The pride in insisting that others must see things our way. It played a role in Tom Jefferson’s election to the Presidency, it played as big a role in Don Trump’s. A pride that makes us see our position as the right one, and which won’t let us see the other side as having any validity. It was pride that led to the election of Abraham Lincoln, as much as to the election of Jimmy Carter.
Myers’ history is a history of greed, duplicity, and pride. It is a history of corruption financial, political, and moral, and a history of irrationality. It is instructive as to the depths we will go to in search of power and position; and mostly importantly, wealth. You want to understand current affairs give The Hisory of Tammany Hall a read.