The only thing that can make this flu escalate to a pandemic in the United States is another country, that is in our backyard, with less technology and sophistication to deal with the problem, and we have a porous border with them. The more people with the flu who pour into our country, the local, state, and federal officials will have a hard time containing it.
In the meantime, don't sneeze on anyone, watch your hands, and be ever diligent.
GARY LUDWIG, MS, EMT-P, a Firehouse Magazine contributing editor, is a deputy fire chief with the Memphis, TN, Fire Department. He has 30 years of fire-rescue service experience. Ludwig is chairman of the EMS Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has a master's degree in business and management, and is a licensed paramedic. He is a frequent speaker at EMS and fire conferences nationally and internationally, and can be reached through his website at www.garyludwig.com.