If you’ve spent any time around Zuccotti Park in the last three weeks, you’ve probably started wondering, like we have, how long it will take the tent city to create its own Patient Zero for some pandemic super-flu. After all, it’s not the most hygienic place in the world: the park doesn’t even have bathrooms yet, everyone sleeps in piles, and the kitchen is dangerous close to the compost area. There’s even a thing called Zuccotti Lung. Last time we were down there, at least three young adults who spoke to us added caveats to their statements because they were either sick or had just finished getting the flu shot (which in itself contains the flu virus, so if you’re already sick and you get a flu shot, you can actually make it worse).
So the news that healthcare professionals are going around and giving free flu shots to healthy OWS’ers should make the rest of the city sleep easier at night. We’ve avoided Captain Tripps! Unfortunately that’s not how many people are viewing the situation. Read More