Two Visiting Scientists’ thoughts on Bird Flu

I had two clients stop in last week and both of them were scientists, one from Greece and the other one from Bolivia.  I asked them if they were familiar with the H5N1 virus. Both of these ladies were a bit shocked when their psychic started talking to them about the H5N1. I simply pointed to my wall full of degrees and said I am a lot more then just a fortune tellerJ  They both started to laugh and that is when they really opened up.

We got into a deep discussion about this bird flu virus.   These two women are specialists on insect bugs and the spread of their illnesses. One of them is working on Dengue fever and monitoring its spread.  She told me that the H5N1 is a considerable risk to the general population. It is an even greater risk since people are so unaware of it.  We got into a lot of the scientific applications of the bird flu illness. She said the people that she works with believe it will just jump, fast and unexpectedly.  I have to agree with this assessment as I believe it will just start and there will be no stopping it when it does.   

The scientist from Greece showed genuine concern over the H5N1.  She told me that she is going back to her country soon. She wants to try and raise alert levels there with the people.  The Dengue Hemorrhagic form is her specialty. She thinks people need to know it is out of control right now. But she also wants her people to know about the bird flu and its possibilities.   She considers H5N1 as one of the greatest risks to humanity along with global warming.   

The Bolivia scientist shared her belief with me that when this bird flu does strike, it shall be so sudden that it will take the world by storm.  She believes it is being down played, people are no where near prepared and it will be a nightmare out there.  Upon returning back to her home country, she is going to let people there know about the bird flu and how to prepare for it.   

We discussed the mutation of the virus, the possibility of treating the ground with some form of chemical inhibitor that may stop the virus at places birds meet, the over use of Tamiflu and the fact that this H5N1 virus is becoming drug resistant.  We also had a discussion about the survivors from the Spanish pandemic in 1918 and subsequent pandemics.  The one in the 1950’s was also a form of avian flu. Because of this, we all agreed that some of the people who survived that one may also survive this upcoming one. They may have more resistance even though the viruses are very different.   There is a genetic code where some people are immune to these types of illnesses since they do not have the proper receptors for the bird flu virus to connect to their cells.  Both of these scientists seemed very concerned about this H5N1 virus. They want to raise the level of people’s awareness and its implications.  They both believe that the possible risks are not being presented properly to the public. They stressed this over and over again.   

After hours of discussions, we reached the conclusions that people are in the dark, are not being properly informed, that this bird flu virus is very real and it is not going away any time soon.  Trying to fight it with everything we have is a good preventative measure which gives people time to prepare.  As they left, they both gave me a hug and told me I am in the wrong business. They even asked me to consider stepping up into their world of science.  I said, “Nope, I like meeting people like you so I will stay right where I am. Besides I don’t like bugs.”  lol.   

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