How Pandemics Will Spread: An Object Lesson

Take an over-intelligent American in a foreign country.

Let said American get sick with a possibly contagious illness. What’s the first thing they want to do? Get back to the US. For example, from CNN:

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — This Andean highlands capital has twice felled famed hacker and security consultant Kevin Mitnick.

“I’m looking forward to getting on the first plane to the United States,” Mitnick, 42, said Wednesday from his hospital room in the Colombian capital, where he said he’d been laid up for about three days with a bad flu.

Mitnick blamed Bogota’s 8,700-foot (2,650-meter) elevation and a prescription drug he was taking for that trip to the hospital.

This time it was simply a nasty flu, accompanied by a fever reaching 40 degrees centigrade (104 degrees Fahrenheit), that prevented Mitnick from attending a big weekend hacker’s conference in New York.

“I tried to get to the airport to get to the plane to New York and just couldn’t make it,” he said.

(empahsis added).

This is a smart person, make no mistake. And, It’s my prediction that aluminum birds will bring bird flu when it comes, not feathered ones.