Did you miss me?

It would be a world-class understatement to tell you that I’ve been busy lately. I’ve traveled from one side of the planet to the other and back. I’ve been chasing viruses and bacteria wherever that three-lettered health organization has needed me, and I’m exhausted. So I’m back home to recoup before heading out into the cruel, cruel world again as the freelance epidemiologist I’ve become.

Before I go sip on some tea and watch a movie or two on HBO, I wanted to tell you that the Zika outbreak in the Caribbean seems to be waning. Don’t be fooled, however. The mosquitoes are there, and so are the people. Sexual transmission is likely ongoing, so this lull in activity is only temporary. Zika will come back soon enough, and it’s going to make a mess of things. Just wait until it gets hot in the South.

When that happens, we’re going to have ourselves a good, old-fashioned, all-American outbreak. You know the type? Where politicians don’t know what to do and only do the wrong thing? Especially with Trump in the White House. I’m getting the popcorn ready.

Next time, I’ll tell you all about how the new territorial epidemiologist of a US Territory doesn’t believe Zika is a thing. (I wish I was joking.)

Snake oil and Ebola

You know how I can identify a con artist in a crowd? They’re the ones that jump at an opportunity to sell you something you don’t need. They’re the ones selling rain ponchos in Amarillo, Texas, in December. They’re also the ones selling “essential oils” under the guise of said oils being some sort of a protection against Ebola.

By the way, if you want to read up on Ebola from a scientific and medical point of view, here’s a run-down of bloggers with good reputations taking on the myths and misinformation of what is happening in Western Africa. Now, back to the woo…

Essential oils for Ebola. How about that? All those people in Western Africa are apparently dying because they can’t afford the stuff being peddled by con artists as “cures” for Ebola. These people have no shame at all.

Anyway, I’m on vacation for the next two weeks, and have been on one for the last week, so that’s why you haven’t heard from me and will probably not hear much from me until I return. But please read this blog post by Dr. Steven Novella on the con artists (sons-of-bitches, if you ask me) who are trying to swindle people out of money by taking advantage of the fears over Ebola. He always does a great job taking the bastards to task.