By Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- Back when we were stationed at Altus AFB, OK the Colonel (my wife) had to go to San Antonio, Texas on Air Force medical business and I went along.
This of course meant we listened to public radio on the long drive south.
The subject of bird flu was on one of the talk shows (May of 2006 time frame). We arrived in San Antonio and she headed to her medical conference. I proceeded to drive to all points in the city.
We had been stationed there years ago and I had old friends to see and gun shops to visit. We got there on a Monday and left on a Friday morning.
Every night we had dinner out with different groups of people. The medical people the Colonel met with were from Air Force bases all over the US. I went over to the Air Force Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base to see a friend. It was a very large complex and I had to come in contact with a number of people in order to navigate myself down into the bottom of the hospital to my friend’s office.
Thursday, our last night in town, we met with an old Air Force cop friend of mine. He explained he had spent the past evening, up all night, sick as a dog. Some type of gastro-intestinal, but he really did not know what he had experienced. We were only with him for about an hour. I shook his hand and the Colonel gave him a hug. We left early because he was worn out.
The next morning we headed north and had an uneventful trip home. By midnight I was so sick I could barely get out of bed in time to make it into the bathroom. I did not leave the house for four days. Thirty six hours later my wife is in the same bad shape I was in. I do not know where I got this “bug”. It could have been from my friend I had contact with the last day in town, or I may have picked it up that Monday when we first arrived.
How many people did I come in contact with and who did I give it to? What if I gave it to all the Air Force medical people I had dinner with one evening and they all flew home to their air bases? If they also contracted what I had, how many people did they come in contact with on their flight home?
Then I read that the Federal Government was letting the public know, that in the event there was a bird-flu pandemic, state and local city/county governments should not expect help. It was suggested that thirty percent of the population would contract the bird-flu. The local medical facilities would have been overrun with patients.
To the best of my knowledge I did not pass my San Antonio problem on to anyone in Altus, but what if it had been a bird-flu or something else that was highly contagious (Ebola comes to mind)? Look how far I brought it in one day. Where could I have taken it if I had been flying across the country and spreading it to everyone on the aircraft?
That little six day gastro situation sure got my attention about contaminating large groups of people with a deadly virus.
Now we have Ebola killing thousands in West Africa and the concern is it will arrive and then spread out in the US.
It is a lot easier to spread and or contract Ebola than you are being lead to believe in the press or by official information that is offered to the public. Do keep in mind however more Americans die of the Flu every year in this country than people have died of Ebola in West Africa.
If either Ebola or a new Flu pandemic overloads the North American medical system you will feel as if your personal dangerous medical needs have landed in a third-world country. Be proactive about stocking up in the event of a contagious outbreak. The fewer times you have to go out to the stores to buy needed food and supplies, the less chance you have to come in contact with sick people. Remember contaminated people do not always look sick in the early stages of a disease. Alleged normal looks and actions can kill.
Do not worry about the few Ebola cases we discover at American airports, the real problem will come overland. If Ebola is not stopped, it will overcome central and south America.
These poor folks will charge the US border either to escape their country’s crisis or as infected victims seeking first world medical help that by then, will be overwhelmed in the US.Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.” [email protected]