08 May 2009

Manny Pacquiao and the Threat of (A) H1N1

By the time you read this, Manny Pacquiao will be back home.

It would have been better if he postponed his trip. The treat of swine flu or (A)H1N1 still looms large, and it seems Manny Pacquiao only excels in boxing. And yes, I almost forgot --- he has some talent in singing, too. Other than that, his knowledge about infections and global pandemics is utterly lacking.

The deputy presidential spokesperson, Anthony Golez, is also a physician. He knows how deadly a pandemic can be if left uncontrolled. Manny Pacquiao is coming home with family members, close friends, and people belonging to his famous Team Pacquiao. These people spent their times partying and shopping around Los Angeles after Pacquiao defeated Ricky Hatton.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Los Angeles in the US is a place where they have recorded a "third-generation, human-to-human transmission" of the A(H1N1) virus."

The most prudent thing to do is to quarantine Manny Pacquiao and his company.

Healthy? How does he know? Does being healthy and being free of flu symptoms mean he and his company are no longer virus carriers?

Does Manny Pacquiao care about the recent CDC swine flu figures below?

I don't even know why I bother to ask. He is a hopeless case. Add to this, his adviser, notably DENR secretary Atienza (why does he always meddle?) is equally ignorant. He is responsible for discouraging Pacquiao to postpone his trip, even commenting that the champion boxer might be the "healthiest Filipino" around. Foolish. What a very foolish statement.

Those thermal scanners in the airport are also useless. Virus carriers need not be febrile.

I just pray the President does not eat lunch with him today wearing a face mask.

ADDENDUM--- Here's another foolish person who thinks that going through the thermal scanners "twice" makes him "clean" and free of any (A)H1N1 virus:

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