The Next Killer Bug:
Coming from a
Government Laboratory near You
Death from on high and funded by your own tax dollars. And no, not from a predator drone either!
Get this: Our U.S. government has quietly been funding research into bird flu mutations. You know, the kind of bugs that kill people. Lots of people.
Government researchers have been using your tax dollars to genetically engineer a more deadly version of the bird flu that is unknown in nature – an airborne contagion, one that jumps easily from one human to another to another. In other words, it doesn’t require any physical contact or the exchange of body fluids to infect you.
A Case of Government Insanity 101
One Nobel Prize winning scientist who questions the wisdom of such research called it, “the most dangerous virus we can think of.” Others in the biomedical research field estimate that if the government-engineered virus was stolen or released through an accident, carelessness, or act of terror, hundreds of millions of people around the world could die.
But, but there’s a lot more to worry about than the virus being stolen from secure government labs.
Defying all logic and reason, government researchers actually plan to publish their work, so any well-funded terrorist with enough money and the right connections can just make the killer airborne virus on their own. One scientist in the field actually said the publication would be a “complete cookbook.“
Just How Crazy Are They?
So many things are wrong with this scenario it’s hard for me to know where to begin.
The U.S. government has no business funding research that poses such a huge risk. Heck, if some rogue foreign government even thought about engaging in such an endeavor, we’d probably drop a very large bomb on them in the name of saving humanity.
The attempted justification that this research might provide some benefit in finding a vaccine doesn’t hold water. Researchers can use the existing avian flu virus to engineer a vaccine. If that’s really the focal point of this research, then that’s what the researchers should have been working on… the vaccine. They should not have been producing ever deadlier, airborne mutations.
It’s only been a handful of years since the U.S. government’s anthrax “research” program got completely out of hand, resulting in the deaths of five innocent Americans at the hands of one warped civil servant, a career federal government worker employed at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The situation with the avian flu is complicated by the fact that, though the funding comes from U.S. taxpayers, the research isn’t even taking place in the U.S. That means that we have less say in the level of oversight or security surrounding the research.
We’ve no idea what safety precautions researchers are taking to keep the virus from falling into the wrong hands. Obviously, if they’re willing to share the methods they used to engineer the airborne version, they must be okay with such a deadly agent getting into the wrong hands.
This particular research is taking place in the Netherlands. There could be even more such projects underway that have yet to come to light. It’s all the more problematic because a growing contingent of extremists with a pointed dislike for the United States (and Western culture in general) lives in the Netherlands and other Western nations once friendly to the U.S.
This has all the makings of a great suspense novel… unfortunately this is real life and our government is putting real people’s lives at risk with this research.
The Broader Implications
of Airborne Bird Flu
The specific type of avian flu that the medical community is worried about is H5N1. This flu subtype does not jump easily from birds to people, but people working closely with infected birds can get sick.
It also does not jump easily from person to person, but some cases of people infecting their family members have been reported.
The real concern about H5N1 is the high death rate associated with it. Among reported cases, nearly 60 percent have resulted in death.
Now, keep in mind that many mild cases will have gone unreported, so the actual death rate is likely quite a bit lower. But even a 20 percent death rate is high enough to be devastating if a pandemic should ever occur… this really is an “end of the world as we know it” scenario. It’s not a scenario based on fear-mongering but actual government research now underway and clearly documented, even if not widely reported.
Unfortunately, the research that the U.S. government has been funding reveals just how easily this virus could go airborne. Just a couple of mutations, and we may see a global pandemic that makes the Spanish flu pandemic that happened almost a century ago look mild by comparison.
So what do you do?
How Can You Prepare?
The truth is, a pandemic like the one that could happen if the airborne bird flu ever made it into the population at large isn’t something that you can ever fully prepare for, physically or emotionally.
But, you can take steps that will help you to improve your odds dramatically and keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible.
First, pay attention to the warnings the CDC issues about flu outbreaks. True, government agencies like the CDC don’t always get their predictions right. The predicted swine flu epidemic of 2010 turned out to be very minor. But, despite these kinds of mistakes, it’s important to stay informed.
If you hear that H5N1 has become airborne, it’s time to take the government-issued notices seriously.
Start teaching your family about commonsense flu prevention techniques. Good hand-washing habits can go a long way toward preventing flu infections. Also, remind your family members to keep their hands away from their mouths, noses and eyes as much as possible.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on surgical masks. If H5N1 becomes airborne, it will be a good plan to wear a surgical mask whenever you leave the house. That may sound a little extreme – and believe us, we’re not in the habit of being extreme – but any disease that has a 20 percent or greater kill rate and is airborne is cause for serious measures. In that scenario, a surgical mask could save your life.
Finally, practice good health habits that will keep your immune system strong – get enough sleep, reduce the stress in your life, eat a healthy diet, and stay active. It sounds simple, but these are the habits that can make the difference between life and death in any public health emergency.
It’s unconscionable that our government would fund research that has such high risks. It’s even worse that officials within the government are advocating for the results of such research to be published where it will be available to our enemies.
But, this isn’t the first time a government has ignored the likely consequences of its actions, and it won’t be the last. The U.S. government spent millions of dollars investigating the anthrax killer, and learned absolutely nothing from it. All we can do is prepare for the worst, hope that our preparations will never be needed, yet know that those preparations make us healthier for day- to-day living.