After the deluge

Climate scientists say we’re past the point of prevention, and should be working on mitigating the worst effects of climate change. Which makes me wonder: Doesn’t that same thinking apply to our political system as well? Everything is so thoroughly corrupt, it seems like revolution is inevitable.

So really, shouldn’t we be talking about how to rebuild a government after things settle down? What should change? The important thing is, the group that’s prepared to govern usually gets control.

What ideas do you have?

I would nationalize the pharmaceutical industry. How about you?

Epidemic on the way

It’s called enterovirus 68, and it’s spreading like crazy. the danger of a virus like this is if it overwhelms hospitals’ abilities to deal with ICU overflow:

Doctors say they are not even sure yet how this particular virus spreads, though the back-to-school season is a normal time for illnesses to spread among children.

“This is a very common time for outbreaks. Kids come back to school, they like to share things, they bring them home to their little brothers and sisters, and enteroviruses tend to occur in the summer,” Besser said. “But this one, this particular Enterovirus 68, is very rare and they have no idea why it showed up this year.”

At Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, officials say that between Aug. 18 and Sept. 4, doctors saw more than 900 pediatric patients with symptoms of the respiratory virus in the emergency room. Of those who came in, 86 were admitted into the hospital and a handful ended up in the intensive care unit.

“It can start just like a cold — runny nose, sneezing, coughs — but it’s the wheezing you have to watch out for,” Besser said.

Dr. Christine Nyquist, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said the virus usually ends up appearing similar to a severe cold but can be particularly dangerous for children with asthma because of how it affects the respiratory system.

“The kids are coming in with respiratory symptoms, their asthma is exacerbated,” Nyquist said. “Kids with no wheezing are having wheezing.”

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