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What would you do in case of a major disease outbreak?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 11, 2005

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“I would call my family and make sure they are all safe, and I would stay away from any large populations of people.”

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“I suppose I would go on the Internet and find out as much about it as possible, find out the symptoms and how to protect myself.”

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“I would contact my family that was here, get them together and go stay somewhere else. If there was nowhere to go, I would just stay home away from the outbreak and try to make the best of the situation.”

Photo of Buddy Bronze

“I would stock up on antioxidants, vitamins and other essentials. I would also make sure I had a copy of Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” and a girlfriend.”

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thunderbuns 12 years, 7 months ago


dude, it's only a feeling. Get over it.

thunderbuns 12 years, 7 months ago

Call in sick. Oh wait.....I'd have to have a job first. Forget it.

BTW Buddy Bronze (yeah, right, like that's yer real name...... How 'bout Sid Silver or Gary Gold!) I had a copy of "The Divine Comedy" but, sadly, I had to burn it yesterday to stay warm (see yesterday's On The Street question o' the day). 530 pages up in smoke. Sad really.

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 7 months ago

I would build myself a John Travolta bubble. Then sit in my bubble and watch Disney movies until they found a cure.

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 7 months ago

LOL @ ThunderBuns! I was gonna say that "Buddy Bronze" is killin' me.

How 'bout "Martie Mithril" or "Carl Copper"?

neopolss 12 years, 7 months ago

Probably die.

I suppose I should say something witty about trying to avoid people, hide in a shelter etc., but one of my kids would probably bring it home. I always said they would be the death of me ...

blessed3x 12 years, 7 months ago

How many times do we need to go through this? The media is out of control. Weren't we all going to die last year from West Nile and the year before from SARS? Quit falling for their crap, people. The alphabet soup of networks just want you to spend the next 48 hours glued to your television to watch their 24 hour a day coverage of "The End of Days" as CNN put it yesterday.

The only thing even remotely funny about this whole situation is that "Buddy Bronze" thinks he could get a girlfriend.

Some advice for Buddy (I'll wager your real name is Barney):

Cut your hair, buy some contacts, work out a little bit, get some sun and do us all a favor and just say you're unemployed. Nobody buys the musician/artist thing anymore.

Topside 12 years, 7 months ago

Form a mob and go looting. Papa needs a big screen!!

"There's no justice, like angry mob justice!"-Simpsons

christie 12 years, 7 months ago

Did you notice that every time the Bush Boys start looking really really bad, as if they have to try, there's always some diversion. This time it's all about this killer FLU virus. Remember last election, the hoop-la about not enough vaccine, and nothing really ever happened.

Mission Accomplised!

bankboy119 12 years, 7 months ago

Another unemployed bum huh? Oh well I guess that unemployment rate really is skyrocketing. Maybe after 1/2 the population dies from this new disease there will be some jobs in L-Town. Wait I take that back there probably won't be because Lawrence is the most business unfriendly town I have ever seen. "No balloons on Iowa"???? Come on morons, get a job.

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

Christie, you sound very paranoid about the government and the "Bush Boys" as you call them. I am just curious why?

Confrontation 12 years, 7 months ago

Totally off subject-Did you see that they just announced an arrest in the Boardwalk fire case? I hope the idiot(s) involved get a severe punishment, but that's never happened in Kansas.

tell_it_like_it_is 12 years, 7 months ago

I'd build a cabin on the back 40 of my folks property and then stock up enough food and all to last for quiet a while. The kids couldn't go to school and nobody to go to work. A country boy can survive. Actually it sounds a little bit like paradise. I could hunt and fish all day!

In reality I plan not to worry to much about this at all. I think its just one more thing to distract us from everything else thats been misshandled lately. Everytime Bush & freinds screw up it seems like they come up with something else for us to worry about.

blnde84 12 years, 7 months ago

offtotheright....I agree....the question should have been about the balloons on Iowa St. If they really want to ban things that distract people driving they should go to Pay Less Furniture Outlet. Between the floating skydiver and the strobe light in their windows they are always a distraction.

bankboy119 12 years, 7 months ago

kp..."musician/artist" is code for unemployed bum

ladysilk 12 years, 7 months ago

Break out the N95 mask and go to work. Maybe full level A hazmat suit depending on the disease. I am still confused by Buddy's statement. He wants a copy of the Divine Comedy and a copy of a girl friend? :)

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

I'm puzzled, the boardwalk apartment arsonist, alledged, is charged with three counts of "attempted murder," along with lesser charges.

all right with the other charges, but why in the world isn't he charged with plain murder? murder2 or murder1? seems he succeeded, so why the "attempted? think he can get a fair trial?

remember the D.A. came out early to say "nothing he knew" made the fire seem suspicious. guess he was wrong.

christie 12 years, 7 months ago

Not paranoid. Just casual intelligent observation.

Christie, you sound very paranoid about the government and the "Bush Boys" as you call them. I am just curious why?

Sigmund 12 years, 7 months ago

I'd have to choose between following an elderly black woman, 108-year-old Mother Abagail, to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, who has set up his command post in Las Vegas. In the end I think I'll stick with "The Walking Man" and leave Vegas before the nuclear bomb is set off. I guess the good news is there would be plenty of job openings, plenty of gasoline, no bans on smoking nor on ballons.

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

Christie, it may be a casual observation but far from intelligent. You appear to be paranoid and very opinionated but in an unintelligent light. Quit complaining, be glad you live where you do and work. Be a productive citizen and you life will be happier.

Dr. Phil

blessed3x 12 years, 7 months ago

In regards to my previous statement regarding CNN I feel I must point out that the story was regarding whether or not we are experiencing the End of Days in a biblical sense.

The question was raised as to whether or not this is just one more "plague" on mankind to complete the prophecy of the bible. Funny how this "plague" has accounted for only a couple of hundred human deaths, fewer deaths than being struck by lightning while doing a head stand in your backyard in the nude. (I have no actual scientific data to back this up, but I figure at least 200 have died doing this over the years. Shoot I had a close call just the other day :-).

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

blessed3x, I can do a head stand in my backyard in the nude WHILE reciting Shakespere. (This is an excellent way to keep people away.) Never been hit by lightning, though.

Really: lots of hand sanitizer; I'll stay away from those with weakened immune systems if I feel poorly; I'll avoid people that sneeze and cough; and I'll start giving my chickens mean looks every once in a while. (Just to keep them in line.)

blessed3x 12 years, 7 months ago

That made my day, Sue!!!

Maybe we should form a club....or a support group!

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

I'm still researching the current buzz word the media is using (ad nauseum) PANDEMIC, just the sound of it is frightening. I am sick of hearing it!

My second project is finding the link between President Bush and the Spanish Flu.

What would I do? I agree with the previous post about Purell (worth its weight in gold). Then pretty much use the same precautions I do each cold/flu season, avoid crowds, take ester-c and give dirty looks to people who are walking around hacking, sneezing and touching things as if they were not contagious!!! Grrrrrrr........

sun_sue: Shakespeare in the buff, sounds like a city event that would be offered in South Park in the summer :)

blessed3x 12 years, 7 months ago

"My second project is finding the link between President Bush and the Spanish Flu." -Ceallach

Wouldn't it be more fun to find the link between President Clinton and the Spanish Fly?

Adrienne Sanders 12 years, 7 months ago

You guys do realize that using Purell or other such products just kills the weak germs and leaves the strong ones to breed and get stronger? You're just hurrying natural selection along. Quit using the stuff, wash your hands with normal soap and water several times a day, and let your immune system build up its own resistence.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

:):):) I thought that was a given.

blessed3x: Now you will incur the wrath of the liberal wraith! Take cover!!!

angelofmine 12 years, 7 months ago

blessed3x - ROFLMAO! Loved the Clinton comment!

I use Purell, along with washing my hands. There are several instances in a day at my office that I can't get away from my desk long enough to get to the bathroom, conference room bar, whatever. So I keep Purell on my desk for those times. (Like when the boss hacks all over the paperwork he's handing to you.)

So far as preparing for a major outbreak, we always keep a pretty good supply of bottled water and canned goods anyway, because we constantly use it as it is. Might as well just keep on with that, you never know.

hurlehey 12 years, 7 months ago

I'm pretty sure my organs are already pickled and preserved, protecting me from most infectious disease.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

angelofmine: we must work in the same office -- I love it when people come in just long enough to contaminate everyone and everything there and then go home :\

glockenspiel 12 years, 7 months ago

As far as protecting myself from the bird flu, I have started taking nibbles out of a dead bird I found lying in my yard. My hopes is that over a period of time, I will have developed an immunity to the this deadly virus.

I'll let you how I get along...

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

bearded_gnome-They did charge him with 3 counts of first degree murder, and one count of aggravated arson. There is no "attempted" in the LJW's language regarding this morning's press conference.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

Good one, Sigmund! I know what you're talking about.

bthom37 12 years, 7 months ago

Buddy is definitely the winner out of today's 4 contestants.

Nothing about his statement suggested any probability of him achieving his 4th requirement.

Antioxidants, vitamins, a book, a girlfriend.

Food, water, and gasoline to burn the plague-ridden corpses are far more likely to attract the ladies.

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

Eat Bird seed, and lots of it. That will keep the Bird Flu away!

l_eustacy 12 years, 7 months ago

dulcinea47 What nonsense you're spreading about the use of Purell. It in no way contributed to the changes in bacteria or viruses. It simply does what it is designed to do, which is kill germs and protect us from illness.

Absolutely, EVERYONE should be using it.

I haven't even had a cold in 3.5 years. I keep it on my desk and I carry ir in my pocket, but it is more than just the use of Purell, it is washing your hands as well. Avoid touching doorknobs and other places that germs are left by those with poor hygiene.

You know if everyone used proper hygiene, there wouldn't be a cold/flu season.

neopolss 12 years, 7 months ago



Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

$50 ---- whoa ----that will stop them for sure!!!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

AVHJMLK: yes, I see that I based my early/initial rant on info that was not correct...but I definitely heard the klwn news droid say "attempted" more than once! I'm glad he's facing murder1.

rest of my post stands...wonder if this guy could get a fair trial here?
I personally probably could not be an impartial juror.

and, "clever ploy?" gives this D.A. a lot of credit comparing him to Quincy and Perry Mason, I think he's closer to Inspector pink panther [insetrt name].

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

In Berkley, for many years, many years/maybe decades, there was "nudeman" who just walked around, mostly on the UCB campus, entirely naked except for occasional foot coverings.

think public nudity would help lawrence with energy troubles or in case of major epidemic outbreak?

and, larryville79, can I call your Mom too, if I called my Mom, she'd cook something weird and send it here only making the epidemic worse [ever had chocolate cookies made with soya grits?]

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

I wouldn't want to be the one who collects their $50. Where would they be keeping it?

Webb Garlinghouse and his Edun group (Edun - nudE).

BunE 12 years, 7 months ago

Because Kansas is so christian, we should be immune from plagues and things right? Or will we be...


...Purell? Just a gimmick to make you buy stuff. Soap is anti-bacterial and whoever noted that we are just allowing strong bacteria to develop is right. Please note that this is not a bacteria, it is a virus. Staying healthy is the best way to ward off its infection.

That being said, The media is just whipping this whole thing up to a foam to have something to do. There is no election of note, corruption in politics does not seem to sell papers, we are bored of New Orleans and 20000-40000 dead in Pakistan is not really worth our time, now is it?

Note to self: destroy chicken ranch quickly and quietly. Buy respirator.

BunE - EnuB

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

I think it's first degree on the three victims, and attempted murder for each of the occupants on the rest of the building. I hope so anyway.

kidfresh 12 years, 7 months ago

Just to correct a couple misconceptions... Yes, Buddy Bronze is not his real name, but no, it's not short for Barney. It's a nickname that is faintly related to his real last name. Yes, he is a musician and an artist, but no, he's not unemployed. His "real job" is not how he initially defines himself. And yes, he actually makes money through his music and art as well.

Aiko 12 years, 7 months ago

I call BS on the last entry from kidfresh. I wan to know more about the man, Buddy Bronze.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

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Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

bearded_gnome: I don't really care if they do it in downtown Lawrence -- as long as they don't step in my path and ask for money :)

Again addressing the need for Purell -- it is great when a person has to deal with the public every day. Coughing over your desk, handing you papers, sneezing and hacking through your office. I can't run and wash my hands every time I have to touch something from another person. Hand sanitizer is great for those times

smartmomma 12 years, 7 months ago

Yeah goodluck on the girlfriend BUDDY BRONZE..haha

Serioulsy I would go to the overcrowded germ infested store and buy some purell and then stay home

hurlehey 12 years, 7 months ago

I started drinking purell this afternoon, I can't see what you people think is so great about it.

As for ol buddy, well just because I define myself as an alien sex machine, that doesn't mean much as compared to what I do for a living, which is what the LJ reporters ask you. But I feel for the kid, I remember when NOBODY recognized me as an alien sex machine and I had to stand in front of the antique mall, plying my trade, hoping for loose change in my sex bucket

chevygal 12 years, 7 months ago

ohhh buddy bronze! HOTT!....and sexy name! hahaha

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

dulcinea47 (12:44) You've got it wrong. I think you're confusing hand sanitizer (mostly alcohol) with antibacterial soap. BIG difference. Sorry if someone has already pointed that out but I'm going to burn dinner if I read all the posts.:)

thunderbuns 12 years, 7 months ago

Is it just me, or does Buddy Bronze look like Rick Moranis ---- the guy who was in "Strange Brew"?

Weird man........

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

Ceallach, I am shocked at your apparent lack of tolerance, and here in lawrence, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I'm gonna tell.

Lawrence= the ban of the week club: train whistles; cell phone driving; smoking; and balloons! what's next, ban nudists?

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

Still awaiting pictures from SunSue's Shakespeare reading...

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