We could be witnessing a new global plague - are we ready?
Published on 6 Jun 2013
Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH, joins Thom Hartmann. According to public health officials - a new virus spreading though the Middle East and Europe is a "threat to the entire world" What should you know about the disease some are calling the "new SARs?" When private interests are unwilling or unable to work in the interests of the public - shouldn't the government step in and define the commons, especially when it comes to issues of health? Doesn't this show why we need a national healthcare system to fund necessary medical research? Private corporations are only interested in producing profitable drugs - like Cialis - not drugs that actually can save lives..
Post by northernexpat on Jun 7, 2013 0:08:24 GMT -5
Not only do private drug companies spend most of their time on popular drugs, they gouge the consumer; and when they do develop a new drug they apply for a Patent so they can keep the prices high. That is why it's important that governments ensure that vaccines are developed and made available to everyone when there is a potential pandemic. And yes, health care should be a right not a privilege.
"Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the flowers." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Anytime there is a new virus that has the potential to kill people, we ought to take it seriously," said Dr. Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
(MERS-CoV), which kills half the people it infects, has spread from the Middle East to Europe. Since September, there have been 54 reported cases and 30 deaths
Comparing this virus to the 2003 SARS outbreak is a mistake, Siegel said. "The SARS outbreak, although it was also a coronavirus, was overly hyped. You ended with 8,000 cases around the world and only about 700 deaths."
Every year, the flu kills more than 30,000 people in the United States alone and 500,000 around the world, he said, to put things in perspective.
"Fear is the biggest virus going," he said. "The amount of concern is already outweighing the risk. People have seen 'Contagion' too many times."
It's that kind of fear-monger that Stewart was mocking on TDS even though he was spending the summer on location in the Middle East