We survived Sandy and Nemo and weren't in Boston at the time of the Marathon. Now, some of us are wondering if the H7N9 flu will be "it," that is what does us in, at least here along the Northeast Corridor where so much traveling is done. The World Health Organization classifies it as one of the most lethal strains of bird flu.
There I could be on #4 subway rolling along to lower Manhattan and the man or woman next to me coughs. That person has just returned from China. A few days later I am too tired to finish an article I am ghostwriting. Within several hours I am in the Emergency Room at Yale Hospital. Before I die I have exposed many doctors, nurses, and staff to H7N9. This could make all the tragedies of 2012 and so far in 2013 seem like warm-up acts for the big one.