Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu = 28 Days Later?

Whenever 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, I Am Legend, or any of the Resident Evil movies are on cable, I stop everything I'm doing and watch. I don't know why I like the post apocalyptic genre so much - maybe its the same reason I like camping (the whole survival element). I've read Stephen King's The Stand and Cormac McCathy's The Road - both were a bit overrated, but they did provide a "How To" manual on surviving and human nature's true colors.

If you turn on the news or, the latest health scare is Swine Flu. Before that it was Salmonella (peanuts), E. Coli (green onions), Avian Flu, SARS, Anthrax, and Mad Cow. What is Swine Flu you ask? It's a contagious respiratory disease that affects pigs and is now affecting humans. People are in a frenzied panic because it has killed hundreds of young adults in Mexico and has been found in Canada, Spain, and the U.S. (20 new cases were already found in New York City). What makes the virus so scary is that it keeps mutating, making it harder to have a vaccine for. So what should you do? Lock yourself up in a mall with other survivors, build a fortified bus, and try to find a secluded island. If that doesn't work, stock up on supplies, find yourself a German Shephard named Sam, and make sure to be home before sundown when the infected come out. Or you could wake up from a coma, find other survivors, get to a military outpost, and wait to be rescued.

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