I was fumbling through my old columns last week when I came across one that was published on Sept. 8, 2008.
Going over what I wrote nearly 12 years ago unnerved me greatly, in the sense that it provided an exact roadmap to prevent and be aware of what is happening today during the coronavirus crisis.
In that piece, I wrote about touring a maquiladora in Mexico and observing several people with the sniffles waiting to be seen at the in-house clinic. I made the observation about how people routinely cross the border, and how in the modern world, “the spread of disease has no boundaries.”
I continued writing in the column about a conference called “The Economic Consequences of Pandemic Influenza: Protecting Your Business and Employees,” that I attended in Sunland Park, New Mexico, held on July 30 and 31, 2008, and hosted by the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Economic Development Department. In retrospect, this conference, which I barely remembered attending until I saw my old column, is one of the most spot-on conferences I have ever attended.