Superstition parading as xenophobia while norovirus invades California.


It’s an extremely virulent virus. It’s contagious as hell. Don’t mess around with norovirus.


Live viral particles have been discovered hours, even days, after someone suffering from the illness has vomited in a room. It attacks everyone with equal ferocity. It’s not an exotic disease. It is just as likely to live inside the American borders as the most vile, dirty streets of Indian slums. There are enough domestic viral vectors in the United States to allow it to proliferate for ages without introduction from outsiders. Your Aunt Martha might very well be carrying it this minute after having walked into a room that held aerosolized noro-vomit spew from hours earlier. And now, she will track it into your kitchen. She will leave the mighty virus on your counter-top where it will easily be transmitted to your own abdominal tract, or that of your children.


The fight is futile.




It’s science, bitch. Not superstitious xenophobia, although judging by the comments over at Breitbart, or on my Facebook wall, you wouldn’t know that science is the mastermind behind the rise in California’s norovirus cases.


From Breitbart, an example of that illustrious analytical thinking and politicization of viral illness:




And from my Facebook wall, another gut-wrenching bit of xenophobic hysteria/superstition parading as discourse:




Immigration is a pertinent topic that deserves discussion and examination, rationally. It deserves lucidity. The fact that many anti-immigration denizens resort to such superstition and scientific illiteracy in order to engage in political catharsis for the sake of inflammatory dramatics does the dialogue damage.


It’s so difficult to address the issue of immigration into the United States when much of the conversation has been commandeered by imbeciles and sorcerers.