It looks like an epidemic of one of the more dangerous viruses to face our medical science. It is not as though we did not know about Swine Flu, but is the UK ready for it?
In a land obsessed by the snow and the Prime Minister speaking about the terrible state of delays and cancellations at Heathrow (which is a failure of privatisation and necessary Government action), thousands of stranded passengers sleeping rough at the airport provides the perfect incubator by collecting together people from all over the UK in one unhealthy environment who are then going to fly all over the world.
More than 300 people lie in critical care beds and at this writing, 17 people have lost their lives. Lost their ability to breathe.
And the Government worries about what a minister says. David Cameron has failed to govern and if his Government holds together it will not be due to his taking courageous or necessary action to prevent disaster.
What is the Government going to do? They are going to take apart the National Health system by the looks of what they are doing to schools and universities. It is back to tooth and claw. Do not sneeze.
Dec 24th update: the situation worsens Telegraph 460 now in intensive care, 27 deaths
Dec 31st update: Government immunisation efforts – the Government has left the immunisation campaign a little late, but is mass immunisation the answer? Is it necessary for people to suffer a new flu variety or is protection better in that it does not provide continued opportunities for the virus to mutate?