If you live in Manhattan, make sure to go outside and do some deep breathing exercises. Maybe go for a jog. How about telling your kids to go outside and play. Or what about taking the dog for a walk?
People absolutely love to blow things completely out of proportion. Some people have used the term “epidemic” in reference to West Nile; in reality the vast, vast majority of people develop only flu-like symptoms… a very, VERY small handful of which actually dies. But with everything these days, including extreme overuse of antibiotics and all other sorts of “medicines”, people accept and embrace the “authorities” spraying chemicals in and around where families live, work, and play. Do they ever disclose what they are spraying? Is there any civilian oversight? No. So, c’est la vie. Enjoy it. Breath it in. Hold it in as long as possible. And don’t forget to make the kids get out there.
Maybe they’ll dust David Rockefeller’s house.
Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good
“These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations,” the Department of Health said in a statement.
The department said trucks would spray “a very low concentration” of pesticide and that “when properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health.”
However, it also urged people to stay indoors during the spraying and to remove clothes and children’s toys from outside. [Huh? Doublespeak much?]
At least 41 people have died in the United States from the disease this summer, health officials said. A total of 1,118 cases have been identified across the country. [Everybody has different statistics. Who knows the actual, real numbers.]