Swine flu is no reason to panic
Posted by sanityinjection on April 26, 2009
The media are all in a tizzy over the outbreak of a new form of swine flu. Centered in Mexico, cases have surfaced as far away as New Zealand. Governments are taking steps necessary to prevent a global flu pandemic.
However, there’s no need to panic. Most of what is happening right now is that public health authorities are erring on the side of caution – as they should. No one is really sure how easily this flu strain spreads, so they are treating it as if it were extremely virulent and not taking any chances.
The good news is that all signs are that this strain responds well to standard forms of treatment. Most of the people who have become sick are recovering normally, just as you and I probably did the last time we had the flu. As with any flu outbreak, those at greatest risk are young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults have very little to fear from this new flu virus.
But if it serves as a spur for us to take sensible precautions such as washing our hands more often, that’s not a bad thing, either.