This is a double whammy, ya’ll. Spanish Flu-ishness and the Chikungunya Mosquito Virus is out there. Somebody needs to bitch slapped.
SPANISH FLU CRAZINESS
You know that extinct Spanish Flu virus pandemic that wiped out up to 5% of the world’s population back in 1918? Welp, scientists have now recreated that virus in a lab. I’m all for establishing National Hug a Scientist Day, but this particular group of viral-toting crazies needs to rethink what they’re doing.
It figures it’s the American scientists behind this insanity.
Their craptastic reasoning for putting all of humanity at risk, as reported by the The Independent, is “to show how easy it would be for the deadly flu strain to reemerge today.”
This is bad, bad news. The virus, if placed in the wrong hands
(like our government), would surely be the end of the world as we know it. Sorry for playing the role of Scary Susie today, but when you consider that the original virus infected upwards of 500 million people, and killed between 50-100 million people (even reaching as far as remote Arctic locations), there’s plenty reason for us to be pissed off.
On a happy note, one interesting fact is this: During the original Spanish Flu outbreak, workers at a cinnamon factory did NOT become infected with the virus. If you plan to head out for an emergency cinnamon run to thwart this malicious malady, just forget about it. I already bought up all the cinnamons. Wiped ‘dem shelves bare. Perhaps you could try a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead?
CHIKUNGUNYA MOSQUITO VIRUS
((insert dreadful music of doom right here))
“A virus that causes pain so severe that patients lie groaning in bed for days has come to the Western Hemisphere,” reports NBC News. If you begin to experience symptoms such as fever, joint pain, joint swelling, muscle aches or a rash, this ain’t because you’re having your usual withdrawal symptoms from lack of desserts (or is that just me?).
It might be Chikungunyahhhh!
According to the CDC, mosquitoes carrying the virus prefer to bite in the daytime. There is no vaccine and no specified treatment. The CDC urges you to use normal measures to prevent against mosquito bites. With that said, products containing DEET are well known to be effective, yet DEET is a neurotoxin that affects the central nervous system.
If you’re hype on Avon’s Skin So Soft bug repellant, that stuff contains mineral oil, another toxin found in many beauty products.
A Better Alternative
For the past two years, the DEET-free, mineral oil-free alternative I’ve used for my family is doTERRA TerraShield. It’s a natural mosquito repellant made from a blend of essential oils. This product can go directly onto the skin, but since it’s concentrated, can also be diluted in a spray bottle of water. One minor drawback is the strong (yet not unpleasant) smell of essential oils that might shock your nostrils during application. But the smell fades quickly and my family has never complained. You’ll get hours of protection and won’t poison yourself with drug store mosquito products.
However you decide to protect yourself against mosquitoes this summer, be sure to step up your game and be extra vigilant with the repellant tactics. Kung Fu may also be required, especially if you don’t want to get a Chikungunya rash in weird places.
You’ve been warned! So don’t be calling me to help you fight off the Chikungunya. I caught a baby mosquito chillin’ on my leg during yesterday’s outdoor workout. I’ve got my own ‘squitoes to battle.