Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Silly hysteria!

Swine flu. Open the newspaper, watch the nightly (or morningly, or noonly, or afternoonly) news, check the news sites, and that's all you'll hear about lately. Swine flu. Oh, no! We have 50 cases here in the US!! Oh, no!! What they seem to bury in the story, if they tell you at all, is that the swine flu has exactly the same symptoms and effects as the seasonal flu. Therefore, if you don't fall into the category of people who might die from the seasonal flu (elderly, people with compromised immune systems, etc.), you'll be fine. The worst you'll have is a bug for a few days. What's with all the hysteria?? Yes, take precautions. Yes, wash your hands and don't cough on people. Yes, stay home from work if you feel sick. But stop freaking out!!!!!


WeezerMonkey said...

Hmm. I actually think it's pretty serious.... :(

BikerPuppy said...

Like SARS was (in the US)? I'm not saying there's no reason to be concerned, but given that the symptoms and effects are the same as regular seasonal flu, why are people going crazy? People die every year from the seasonal flu, but flu doesn't make the news every day for days on end. In countries/regions where there is less focus on good hygiene in normal life, there will certainly be more cause for concern, but not here.