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on June 11, 2006
Marc Siegel, MD does not believe there will be a bird flu pandemic. On page 18 he says, "I do not think a massive bird flu pandemic that kills many millions of people worldwide is about to happen..." He then explains all the reasons why a major epidemic is unlikely to strike. He goes further to say, "Currently fear of bird flu is much more a human problem than bird flu itself." In fact, he devotes a whole chapter to the issue of fear and how to deal with it in your life.
Essentially, Siegel's take on the "Asian avian flu", strain H5N1, is this:
1. There is nothing to worry about yet. And it is unlikely that there will be anything to worry about in the future. Even if the flu virus mutates, scientists and modern medicine will address it when the time comes.
2. The Bird Flu hysteria will likely go the way of other epidemic scares: SARS, AIDS, West Nile, Lyme disease, etc.
3. Physicians are the best ones to handle treatment issues for the masses, no need to stockpile remedies like Tamiflu, Renzala, or other remedies.
4. The government is the best agent to distribute vaccines, when and if they become available.
5. This is much ado about nothing, by and large. The best thing people can do for a long and healthy life is to eat sensibly and exercise regularly.
I wonder if the families of the two hundred dead victims of Bird Flu virus H5N1 would agree. It seems to me there is something more ominous here than just another influenza strain. This one kills half of the people who get it in a matter of a few days.
I suspect the proper response to the Bird Flu lies somewhere between hysteria and denial. This book, "Bird Flu: Everything you need to know about the next pandemic" stakes out the position firmly with the latter. Don't worry, be happy.
Let's hope Siegel is right. But if he isn't...