Might I present to you Exhibit 3,432 of Why We Are All Doomed. That's right - the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is about to decimate the world's population. And, unfortunately, with its 9-12 day incubation period, it may gain its foothold in the US right here in my neighborhood. Let's see...Bunko is being held at my house on the 10th, and my neighbor just returned from visiting her grandchildren in Jordan a few days ago. If she shows up at my door with cold symptoms, I might just have to ban her from the game. Or at least give her her own dice.
If you see something like this, call the CDC. And don't breathe.
Overreacting, am I? "The novel coronavirus is a threat to the entire world," says Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general at WHO. Gosh, that sounds a tad alarming to me. The rest of you can just go about your business, whistling past the graveyard, as it were, of certain catastrophic illness; but I feel I have a responsibility to warn people, Paul Revere-like, that the Big One (epidemiologically speaking) is coming. Mostly because I have nothing better to do, being unemployed and all. Also, because I tend to freak out about things like this.
You know, just because I am a hypochondriac doesn't mean that I WON'T die in a pandemic. Think about it.