Bird Flu Alarm



Understanding Avian Influenza

Inadequate medical facilities


First off, there are not enough hospital facilities in any country, not even developed countries, to handle the massive influx of patients expected from a bird flu pandemic. If this thing gets out and starts infecting a percentage of the population, health authorities are basically going to start turning away patients at medical facilities. They will have to.
They'll say, "Go home -- we cannot treat you here. We can only treat the most critical patients." If you're critical with the bird flu, your chances are very, very slim of surviving it. Medical facilities are not sufficient, as the WHO has widely acknowledged. The CDC has spoken out about this, warning us here in the US as well. Everybody knows this to be the case. There just flat out aren't enough facilities.

Frankly, from an economic standpoint, it's probably not even worth building those facilities just on the off chance of a virus every 100 years. I'm not saying that's my economic decision, but society has decided not to overbuild hospitals in case there might be a huge pandemic suddenly requiring a lot of hospital beds.

Understanding Avian Influenza