Sunday, November 29, 2015

Infectious Disease Epidemic in Southern California

Infectious Disease Epidemic in Southern California

November 30, 2015

The Californians who wait to decide to migrate until they run out of water in a very few months, will face an epidemic of infectious disease.
The only way to clean one’s hands of the fecal/oral viruses is with soap and water.  Hand sanitizers only kill bacterial sources of infection like salmonella, shigella, and staph; but are useless against viral sources of gastrointestinal infections such as Hepatitis A, and possibly C (how this virus is spread is still a mystery); the seasonal GI infections that cause diarrhea nausea and vomiting, that are normally self limiting diseases; and the Norwalk virus that is threatening to destroy the cruise ship business. Several gallons of water a day will be needed just for cleaning the hands, not to mention cleaning the contaminated linens and clothing.  These facts are well documented in both Infectious Disease and Family Medicine literature.  If these facts aren’t bad enough, several of these GI viruses can survive on fomites (objects like counter tops, toilets, and soiled clothing and linens) for long periods of time, especially the Norwalk virus.

Imagine starting a LOOONG migration car ride with a person in the car having emesis and diarrhea.

In short EVERYONE will be sick.  The young and old will perish for the lack of IV hydration because the hospitals, corporations only interested in profit, will abandon the drought sickened areas.

The survivors who make it to Texas will be carriers of these diseases and present a crisis for medical facilities in Texas.  The optimum tactic would be to quarantine the Californians, but since the Government is not planning to do ANYTHING to help these desperate people, Texans will suffer from the same Infectious Diseases as the Californians to a lesser degree.

A gentleman and a scholar

A retired primary care physician with 40 years experience