Bird Flu Alarm



Understanding Avian Influenza

Legal kidnapping. quarantine

What's the nation going to do? Not too long ago, here in the United States, President Bush signed an executive order stating that health authorities and military personnel can quarantine individuals who they suspect are infected with bird flu.
Quarantine is an interesting concept. If one individual or one group of people is infected with bird flu, they obviously need to be quarantined for the good of everyone else in the community. What if there's an outbreak in a town? Would the US military quarantine that entire town? Probably, yes. What if there was an outbreak in a school? Could they quarantine that entire school? Yes, absolutely. They not only could; they will do so justifiably. I actually agree with that policy. It basically means you are a prisoner, a medical prisoner, for as long as they decide to keep you and run tests on you to find out if you are infected.

In other words, if you value your freedom, don't get sick. Have a healthy immune system, okay? Don't show signs and symptoms of being infected with bird flu virus, or any kind of upper respiratory disease. You don't even want to have a cold; you don't even want to cough, if this thing becomes a pandemic. You will be arrested and quarantined against your will, to protect the population. Frankly, if you ran the country, you would probably make the exact same decision, and I'm not arguing with it. I'm just saying that this is the harsh reality you may have to deal with if this becomes a pandemic.

Understanding Avian Influenza