The other day a lady friend called to ask what I thought about the Zika virus. She said she needed to hurry up and get pregnant and get through her first trimester before summer arrived in her southern state– bringing mosquitoes– so that her baby would not be born with microcephaly if she caught the Zika virus.
This was a real phone call. A real concern. From a really smart woman.
I’m going to share with you what I said to her in that moment of genuine concern for her yet-to-be-conceived child:
Seriously. Smooth them down, ladyfriend. Relax. I do not buy for one moment that the Zika virus— which was been studied for 70 years and has never been linked to microcephaly– is causing babies in Brazil to be born with tiny heads.