The key to how quickly chikungunya reaches the continental US is Puerto Rico. In Florida, one of the top areas for imported dengue cases is PR. The road to the US passes through Puerto Rico for chikungunya. My best guess is that we will see locally acquired cases in the Commonwealth by May, and imported cases in Florida by August.
Dengue on Long Island and in South Texas once again point to my observation that West Nile is an indicator for the potential for other, more serious mosquito borne illnesses. Some of the mosquito species that carry West Nile also carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue and a host of other illnesses that we have yet to experience in our country.
Benedict has suggested that he will live a life of prayer in the monastery. Whether that means he will be cloistering himself, or becoming a hermit, is unclear. He could ask to be received into a religious order that lives by a rule and practices some form of solitary prayer, such as the Carthusians or the Camaldolese. He may also choose a simple life of prayer, contemplation and writing aided by his staff.