Whiskey Tango Friday

The Invisible Man is wary of the flu.

The Invisible Man is wary of the flu.

Swine Flu.

You know it. You love it.

I think it’s nothing. Is it a flu? Yup. Can it kill you? Sure. So can crossing the street or eating 6 tons of sacharrine a day. More importantly. So can REGULAR Flu.

In fact, the regular flu kills something like 30,000 people a year.

Swine Flu, or H1N1 for those in the know, has been elevated to a Level 6 Pandemic. Level 5 was only two days ago, and means “widespread human infection from the outbreak that originated in Mexico has been jumping from person to person with relative ease”.

I’m only taking a swag here, but I’m going to throw it out there and say there’s 6.7 billion people in the world. How many confirmed cases of H1N1? 331. Pretty widespread. Hell, I don’t know how anyone DOESN’T know someone with swine flu. It’s every where I tell you!

The relative low number of people infected makes me ask what all the fuss is about. Sure the media needs a story, and this is as good as anything to puff up, but they’re getting help.

You can’t really fault the media when you get soothing, calm inducing quotes like this from the World Health Organization, “It really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general. “We do not have all the answers right now, but we will get them.”

If you don’t have answers, why spread panic? Maintain some Dr. House-like demeanor and dryly tell everyone to stop kissing pigs and this will go blow over in a month.

Unless, of course, this is something serious, like a killer zombie virus.

I hate zombies.

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3 Responses to Whiskey Tango Friday

  1. wine journal says:

    Swine flu can eat my poop. It’s just a media frenzie and a total freak America out campaign. Terrorism by our own media, who would have thought…….ahhhh……me

  2. bwin says:

    So what are the drug dealers in Mexico doing right now. Are they staying out of the public eye and wearing masks. Most importantly, how is the violence going in the border towns we’ve been hearing so much about. If all is quiet, maybe this flu is a blessing.

  3. Niall says:

    I think the authorities have over-reacted, but I’m glad they did. Until we really know the lethality of the virus, it makes sense to err on the side of caution.

    All we have to do is think back to the devastation wrought by the SARS virus in Vietnam, China and Toronto in 2003 to see just how lethal and serious a situation with bird flu can get (and swine flu is also a type of bird flu). I was in Hong Kong during the SARS epidemic, and I’ll tell you it was not a pretty sight.

    It seems that this swine flu virus is much less lethal than the SARS virus was, and that’s a source of relief. But the authorities didn’t know that a week ago, and so their caution was entirely proper, in light of the lethality of other recent outbreaks.

    The media, of course, is a different story…

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