Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month and half, you might be experiencing the early symptoms of Zika Fatigue. No, this is not a latent effect of the virus. It is the weary feeling brought on by yet another news story about the mosquito-borne bantamweight nasty. A cursory survey of foxnewshealth.com reveals 141 titles over the last 24 days alone, with the zenith of Zika articles occurring on February 3. These are among the titles to be found:
“Zika alert prompts bug spray maker to become Australia Olympics sponsor”
“Zika mosquitoes’ habits may foil US elimination efforts”
“Higher temperatures make Zika mosquito spread virus more”
“Officials: Zika virus now a STD”
The most unfortunate side effect of Zika Fatigue is the subtle level of insensitivity and general psychic malaise that ensues toward a true epidemiological threat. From Tonga to Ireland to China, the incidence of Zika virus is on the rise around the globe, giving the outbreak pandemic potential. And even though Zika symptoms (rash, aches and pains, headache, and blood-red eyes) tend to be mild and flu-like, there is growing circumstantial evidence of debilitating or life-threatening secondary effects, such as microcephaly, mental issues and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
But enough of that. I’ll let you get back to your present distraction with the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Fatigue is the best pillow.”