Archives for April 23, 2003

Cities to Avoid

China plans broad SARS quarantine

WHO: Travelers should avoid Beijing, Toronto

Yeah, like we need the WHO to tell us that. Oooh, SARS. OK, for that too.

But, this means that eventually the WHO will say it’s OK to travel there? Hmmm.

OK, but really, I think this highlights why the Smallpox vaccination is a good idea. Once the health authorities decided to quarantine one of the ‘source’ housing complexes (which would be much easier to quarantine than a regular city block), and, guess what? They had scattered to the four corners, and the quarantine didn’t work. Now, make that an incredible contagious disease with a 30% death rate, and the idea that ‘containment’ would work is nutty.

We’ve been lucky SARS hasn’t hit the US like Asia, and let’s hope that lasts.

And stay out of Beijing and Toronto.

Which Monty Python Character Are You?

from Quizilla

my Leige!

I don’t think this result is a surprise to my readers. All three of you.

MedPundit Outed

I’m not going to give it away, but I will link to it. The best medical blogger going is MedPundit, who posts under the pseudonym Dr. Smythe. As she states on her own blog, she’s a practicing Family Physician, so having her name directly attached to her blog could be problematic; it’a problem I’ve dealt with by not dealing with it; I used to post under my real name, but no longer.

Anyway, the second reason I don’t give interviews (the first is that nobody ever asks me) is that I’m jealous of my privacy, and I’ll bet Dr. Smythe is, too.