Monday, April 27, 2009

Mihos and the Swine Flue

Christy Mihos has announced he is running for Governor, under the lonely Republican banner. It's a shame he didn't stick to the Independent role, but he's an opportunist and see's his opening. I did support him years ago when he ran as an Independent, but he alone seems to be the most vocal opponent to the Cape Wind project and that is not good for our State.

The heightened alert over what could be a huge disaster in this country, the swine flue, is something we should all be concerned over. I myself would consider the quarantine of anyone who has been in Mexico in the last 30 days. And anyone who has been in contact with any of those people, should be checked intermediately for symptoms. Spring breakers will be suspect and I would predict more colleges and schools will be closed for a short period of time.

Lets see how the Board of Health here in Framingham deals with this, as we know first hand the level of under educated board members will have to make decisions based on medical facts and not biased mis information. Thankfully there is one MD on board and hopefully she will use her expertise to evaluate any corrective action taken by the Board.

12 Comments:

At April 27, 2009 at 6:40 PM , Blogger 50 stud said...

Christy Mihos would be better than what we currently have, no matter what party's ticket he runs under!

 
At April 27, 2009 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

Swine flew is going to be a big story I think for the next few weeks, and I am willing to bet we are not being told the truth about what is going on. Does the state have an emergency plan in place for response to a pandemic? Shouldn't that be something we already have in place? And wouldn't that cover how Framingham should respond? If we leave this up to the people in Framingham, I don't have much faith that it will be a very good response plan.

 
At April 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Junior said...

How come we are not hearing about some sort of plan from the state or even from the Town on this flu stuff? Why wait until disaster strikes, shouldn't we be getting ready now? As for Mihos, hey, does it really matter what party you are with? None of them listen to the voters once they are elected anyway!

 
At April 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Stay abreast of what is being reported. The situation is changing by the minute. They are now asking people NOT to leave Mexico for any other country.

This is serious stuff and while I hope I don't alarm any of you, but please use some common sense when around groups of people. I would hope to hear something from the BOH by tomorrow if things worsen around the country.

50... you're right, he's better than what we have now, but his whole platform is premised around blocking Cape Wind. And if he were true to his word, he would have run as an Independent, like last time, when I supported his race.

As soon as someone lines up on either side of the isle, gridlock happens and nothing gets done for the people. It's all partisan polities.

He will at least bring to the table a different point of view and someone the Republicans can be proud of.

 
At April 28, 2009 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

Mihos and swine flu. Now that is an interesting combination of thoughts you string together here Pillsbury. But along those lines, who is responsible for deciding if things close because of the possible pandemic? Does that state regulate that, or do individual towns, and at either level, who makes the decision, some doctor or some business person? Two concerns I have, my kids getting sick from another kid at school, and then bringing it home to the rest of my family, which includes my elderly father in law who lives with us, and then my own situation at work. If some jerk comes to work coughing all over everyone, what can we do about that? Don’t expect you to have those answers, but wonder if you know where we can get them? I want to be proactive, not reactive about this threat, and I do take this as a threat to my familys well being. Why aren’t we shutting down our borders to try and contain this?

 
At April 28, 2009 at 4:54 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Done by accident Anderson... tongue in cheek.

From the very top of this country and abroad, to school nurses, medical pros are evaluating each and every case and waiting. I did hear they have asked those who are leaving Mexico to be evaluated for the flue.

I hope to see something in the media tomorrow about any plans to quarantine areas. My guess is that they are looking at anyone who was in Mexico and has come back to the States.

I'm asking everyone I run into if they or some family member were in Mexico flatly. That's the first step for me. I to have a family member who has been told to stay out of public places and out of public transportation. That school in NY is still closed for cleaning where a bunch of kids spent spring break in Mexico and came back sick.

Keep everyone close to home for a week and see if the conditions get worse is my only advise. I was at the post office the other day and two people were sneezing in line... I just bolted for the door. Any signs of fever in the kids should be taken seriously. Co workers.... the only recourse with them is to notify the health and safety person if co workers look or act sick.

Other than that .. keep your ears open.

 
At April 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Angry Voter said...

Swine flew, maybe it will hit the state house hard and wipe out all the swine. That would leave the entire building empty!

 
At April 28, 2009 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

AV,

Interesting point.. I wonder if any of them or any of their college kids went to Mexico last month...

decontaminating the State House could take years.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

First death has been reported now from this. How many more before we will have some sort of reponse in place, both at the state and the national level? What exactly are we waiting for? Why don't we have a plan to isolate it instead of spending time figuring out how to handle it if it spreads every where? We need a good source of information on this. The CDC website is not very east to navigate and I am not sure about what is there. Does MA have a site where we can track the cases here in our own state, and do we here in MA have a response plan to this pandemic in place?

 
At April 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Jamie,

This is what Mass is saying on their web site.

www.mass.gov/dph/

The Town of Framingham BOH web page says nothing... it refers you to the CDC, which hasn't been updated today.

I hope for our sake, the public officails are looking at anyone who has been to Mexico latley.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM , Blogger Barney said...

THey just reported 2 confirmed cases in Lowell, so it has hit our state. But there is nothing very helpful or informative on the Town of Framingham or State website, and the CDC website does not say much about what can be done on the local level. I work in the financial district, and my company is meeting tomorrow morning to design a response plan to this threat. We waited this long thinking the state would issue some guidelines for this mess, but nothing yet. What the hell do we pay these people under that Gold Dome to do if this is not one of the things they should be responding to immediately? I wonder if they have a plan to protect themselves, but then, they never have to go to work anyway, so they can just stay home and ride this out if it becomes a local threat. So they don't give a rats ass about any of us. This is another example of how poorly the state government in MA has done. Anyone know if other states have a response plan in place? Maybe we can just borrow theirs.

 
At April 29, 2009 at 1:40 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Barney,

I do know that many other large and small businesses, like yours are meeting this week to formalize their own plans. The State House seems to be in a fog over this and the smarter people will take matters in their own hands and prepare a plan.

I would have thought by now, the BOH in Town would demand each school to ask parents if they have traveled to Mexico lately.
I just heard a serviceman has been diagnosed from California. The CO has told all members out there to stay out of mess halls. And just moments ago, Obama said he encourages schools to close where kids have been diagnosed.

Stay informed everyone, please.

 

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