Brent and I have been out with the flu for the past week. Just pat yourself on the back and know that vegans don’t contribute as much to genesis of new virulent flu strains because they don’t encourage animal husbandry. That’s important because “swine flu” and “bird flu” aren’t coincidental names for strains of influenza. Chickens and pigs are known hosts for flu virus and common mixing grounds for the virus when one [underpaid and marginalized] worker at a pig farm also moonlights at a chicken farm, particularly when the animals are kept in crowded unsanitary conditions. Avian flu vaccines, common on factory farms to protect inventory (as if animals are little more than a commodity), have also been cited as possible sources for novel virulent strains of flu.
Now, Brent and I will continue to lounge in our malaise of alternating night sweats and cold spells, hacking phlegm and sniffling (or more likely snorting), with our sore throats, prickly skin, headaches, gastrointestinal discomfort and my one clogged ear.
This is Christie and Brent… sniffling off.