While visiting the 2018 SHOT Show, I noticed something rather strange. There was something missing that should have been in clear view of all attendees. I looked, looked, and looked some more, and was never able to find it.
The missing items were – public awareness about the flu. The CDC says the flu outbreak of 2017 – 2018 is near epidemic levels. Yet, with an estimated 60,000 people attending SHOT Show in Vegas, not a single poster, no hand sanitizer… nothing about the flu.
SHOT Show, and other trade shows, are a perfect vector for disease transmission:
- People flying in from all over the world.
- Face-to-face conversations.
- Show lasted four days. Which was plenty of time for people to become infected and not show symptoms.
- Before symptoms started to show, people would be back on a plane.
- Tight quarters of a jetliners are a perfect vector for transmitting the flu.
- Layovers in airports would provide the possibility of infecting people who are traveling all over the world.