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René F. Najera, DrPH

I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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  1. I still chuckle, after getting over the instinctive urge to be disgusted over those who take zombies seriously.
    The chuckle is over the CDC disaster preparedness that used a zombie apocalypse theme.

    As for zombies here in the real world, there is only me and those like me. Before I shed excess weight, I had a problem with sleep apnea. In the morning, I’d wake up feeling like I had a five star hangover. That wouldn’t be a biggie, save for two factors.
    One, I don’t get hangovers. If I drink, I hydrate as well. That’s the majority of the hangover.
    Two, I wasn’t drinking before I’d wake up that way.
    So, one morning, I staggered to my treatment chest and pulled out the portable pulse oximeter. pO2 at 70% and rising. Question answered.
    Did a little diet alteration and the problem resolved.

    Pity that didn’t work for my cholesterol. :/
    Especially as I’m that “lucky” 1% that can’t tolerate *any* statin.


    1. Well, it’s not that I — and hopefully anyone — in public health take them seriously. But they do show how a contagion can start something big and bring the whole thing down. I mean, half of europe was taken out with plague, a simple bacterium that lives on fleas in rats. Had H1N1 been more deadly in 2009, we could have easily lost a billion people (20% mortality). Imagine that. One seventh of the world, gone. Just like that. I don’t know if our society would have taken it, especially given the breakdown we see after natural disasters like Katrina and even the “derecho” that his the mid-atlantic last year. People went nuts!


      1. True enough.
        Just the thought of a repeat of the 1918 influenza pandemic would be threatening to civilization today.
        It was bad enough then, with our rapid travel, wealth-poverty disparity and distrust of government in large segments of our population, it could only be far worse.
        But, we’d get a chance to study encephalitis lethargica in large numbers.


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