I find it interesting that my last blog post had to do with fear, and here I am again.
The Swine Flu is causing quite a uproar, given we know nearly nothing about it.
I have turned down a comment left selling tamiflu today.
I have also received more than one email from a client wanting me to comment on the subject.
Simply put, my opinion is this:
We lose 13,000 people or more a year from the flu.
Most are the very young, the very old, or those with compromised immune systems.
The only US death has been that of a 23 month old boy visiting from Mexico City.
He did not have a fully formed immune system.
I find the media frenzy surrounding this “pandemic” amusing, to be honest.
It whips so many of us into a panic.
It is now responsible for schools shutting down, masks being purchased, and stampedes to dr’s offices.
I say the media and the World Health Organization have done a brilliant job of scaring the shit out of us.
Wasn’t it a couple years ago they didn’t make enough vaccine for a certain strain of the flu?
The Avian Flu, I believe it was.
There were no more or less deaths that year.
But there was a panic.
We were scared shitless then, too.
The providers of vaccines promised they would never be caught out again.
A particularly foolhardy promise, given that new strains of flu are inevitable.
Doctors know this.
Epidemiologist know this.
The CDC knows this.
WE know this.
Now we are confronted with the Swine Flu.
Some with weak or compromised immune systems undoubtedly will die.
Perhaps some otherwise healthy people will die as well.
But is this the end of us as a species?
I think not.
The advice we hear regarding preventing this strain of the flu is the same as given with every other strain.
Wash your hands regularly.
Stay away from sick people.
If you are sick, stay away from otherwise healthy people.
This advice is sage.
Losing your head, panicking, and listening to the ever more breathless reports.
Reports that, might I add, spew no new information, because there is no new information to give.
Giving into the fear that seems to grow exponentially day by day.
It makes you a sheep.
I don’t know about you?
But I’d rather not be herded where the breathless reporters and World Health Organization want me to go.
Today it’s the Swine Flu.
Yesterday it was the total collapse of the world economy.
The day before that, it was the Avian Flu “pandemic”
In light of that.
I think I’m going to do what I do every year.
Bide my time.
Wash my hands.
Avoid sick people.
And wait for the next disaster the media will try to frighten us with tomorrow.