Measles crisis? No U.S. child died from measles since 2003 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Crisis? In my generation, almost everyone got measles, with no perceived crisis. Measles was welcomed or tolerated and we were generally much healthier.
Like lifting weights building muscle — parents report undergoing measles can boost kids’ health — activating the liver, detox pathways, and immune system, creating lifelong immunity (which measles vaccines can’t).
Crisis? Some scientists report “vaccine resistant strains” of measles and worry more about large-scale future pandemics.
Why are relatively small, low-impact measles outbreaks billed as crises while society blithely ignores issues involving much larger numbers and serious dangers, like — well, “unsecured loads”?
“According to … the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, road debris played a role in more than 200,000 crashes reported to police from 2011-2014, killing more than 500 people and injuring another 39,000.” — CNN (https://tinyurl.com/y4elhhlr).
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U.S. government data reveal higher numbers: 440 deaths and 10,000 injuries just in 2010 — 5.6 deaths and 128 injuries proportionately for Oregon. A friend of a local fellow was hit and killed by a runaway tire. Tragic, and — preventable!
Likewise, how many people trip over the front door step, tumbling headlong into injury or "eternity?" If we knew, thousands of beveled ramps might appear virtually overnight— stimulating the economy and addressing that perennial dilemma of wheelchair-users, furniture movers, and salespeople — getting in the front door! Upward mobility!
If we need another crisis, let’s pick a solid, unambiguous, important one that’s more easily fixed!
Chris C. Foulke
Corvallis (Aug. 27)