Even though officials are reporting that the H1N1 pandemic appears to have peaked, President Obama has just signed a proclamation that declares the H1N1 swine flu a national emergency.
This proclamation gives Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extraordinary powers to bypass federal rules and open off site hospitals in schools or community centers. This move has raised fears of government quarantines, and has a number of people very alarmed.
So what does this actually mean?
What is means is not yet clear, but here are some of the reports that have come out so far.
- There are some reports that say it will give the government powers to force mandatory swine flu vaccinations on the entire country.
- It could also give them the powers to arrest, detain or quarantine anyone who does not take a swine flu vaccination, or is suspected of having the swine flu.
Why now? Is there a real emergency?
The whole thing is very bizarre.
Back in April, the Obama administration first declared the H1N1 Flu a public health emergency which allowed them to obtain somewhere around 12 million doses of antiviral medications from the federal stockpile. This was done at a time when there were only 20 confirmed cases in the U.S., all of whom were recovering without a problem.
So why declare this a national Emergency? This is the question that is puzzling a lot of people. According to the CDC’s own statistics, the number of people that have died from swine flu is far less than the number of people who get sick and die from the regular flu. In fact, most people who become infected with the H1N1 Swine Flu are only getting mild flu symptoms and appear to recover within a few days.
So is this and attempt to gain more power, or is there a real emergency? I suspect it’s in part to funnel more money into these vaccine companies hands, and could also be laying the frame work for future power grabs. I’ll let you decide…..