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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Is the Sky Falling or Are We Being Stampeded?

Many people are weary of the media beating the fear drum about swine flu. The Gadfly has a good post on it here that offers a flip side of the swine flu situation. A reasoned opinion follows the cartoon on this post.



You can skip the (interesting) history lesson and scroll down to the part that concerns the swine flu:

"Pandemic pandemonium"
We can let the mere idea of a possible swine flu plague create chaos, or we can settle down and fight it with vigilance and reason.
By Mary Beth Crain

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/05/02/swine_flu/index.html

COMMENTS:

Kvatch said...
I'm most distressed by the morons who are calling for a vaccine. This is a virus, if it's already in the population then... IT'S TOO LATE!"Wash those hands and don't touch your eyes," is a better strategy at this point.
Monday, May 04, 2009 9:13:00 AM
Granny said...
We have a couple of cases here in the Valley but we're not too concerned.I've been doing what I usually do but my local friend did cancel her planned week in SF. She'd be staying at hostels, going on crowded tours, etc. and thought she'd be tempting fate a little much. She and I will have our usual coffee tomorrow instead.(She just returned from Mexico but was 800 miles away from both flu epicenter and the earthquake. Nevertheless, I was glad to see her return safely.) I think the media may be short on news and are running this for all it's worth. In the beginning, though, we were damned if we did and damned if we didn't. I can just imagine the reaction if we'd had a bunch of fatalities and the gov't had remained silent.The 24 hour news cycle must leave all these commentators with not much to do at times. They must fill the silence even when they have nothing much to say.


2 Comments:

  • At Monday, May 04, 2009 9:13:00 AM , Blogger Kvatch said...

    I'm most distressed by the morons who are calling for a vaccine. This is a virus, if it's already in the population then... IT'S TOO LATE!

    "Wash those hands and don't touch your eyes," is a better strategy at this point.

     
  • At Monday, May 04, 2009 12:26:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    We have a couple of cases here in the Valley but we're not too concerned.

    I've been doing what I usually do but my local friend did cancel her planned week in SF. She'd be staying at hostels, going on crowded tours, etc. and thought she'd be tempting fate a little much. She and I will have our usual coffee tomorrow instead.

    (She just returned from Mexico but was 800 miles away from both flu epicenter and the earthquake. Nevertheless, I was glad to see her return safely.)

    I think the media may be short on news and are running this for all it's worth. In the beginning, though, we were damned if we did and damned if we didn't. I can just imagine the reaction if we'd had a bunch of fatalities and the gov't had remained silent.

    The 24 hour news cycle must leave all these commentators with not much to do at times. They must fill the silence even when they have nothing much to say.

     

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