I didn’t say much about swine flu last week, because I think I was just sick (no pun intended) of the coverage of it.
It’s not all that serious and I’ll tell you why.
At the end of the day, after all the commentary is over, it’s a variation of the FLU. The flu.
The flu that EVERY year spreads around the world.
The flu that you’ve probably gotten at least once in the last 5 years.
The flu that yes, does kill a tiny fraction of the world population. Mostly the very young, the very old, and anyone with a weak immune system.
The flu that you prevent yourself from catching by doing what you should be doing anyway: washing hands frequently, staying clear off coughing and sneezing persons, etc.
This is not bubonic plague where catching it was an almost certain death sentence. You got sick, you felt horrible, tired, achy, you stayed home for a few days, and you got on with your life.
Let me ask you something: If the media reported this as the H1N1 flu as opposed to SWINE flu, would we have gotten all in a tizzy? Did the word SWINE get people anxious? Was it that the supposed first case came from Mexico?
Swine flu is not new. In fact there was an outbreak in the mid 70s. Here is the Youtube video of the public service announcements encouraging people to get the vaccine. I love the 70s!
It’s the FLU people. Get on your planes, trains and automobiles and go live your lives.