Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Alarm

According to today's WHO briefing a swine flu pandemic is 'imminent' even while officials have encouraged the adoption of a new name for the virus.

Apparently, the sensibilities of pigs are of paramount concern.

With a pandemic all but declared, I cannot help wondering if the world has collectively rejected President Obama's initial suggestion that we remain concerned but not alarmed about the outbreak. After all, out of the 109 confirmed cases of the swine flu in the U.S., there has been only one fatality. And even that was the case of a small child - a subset of the population that is routinely among the most vulnerable in any disease. Admittedly, the virus has spread fairly rapidly to several states- including three states that I have visited since the outbreak - Arizona, Illinois, and Indiana. Perhaps yours truly is the carrier? This may be just as well since I should quarantine myself for finals anyway.

Regardless of my pseudo-diagnosis, it is at least possible that the 'pandemic' alarm has been fueled by the media circus covering the Obama Administration, Mayor Bloomberg, the CDC, and the WHO. Though what particular expertise Mayor Bloomberg brings to the table I am not sure. At any rate, I'm not suggesting that the swine flu is not a reason for concern, but I am suggesting that perhaps our concern has reached a level of needless alarm. For once, maybe our President got it right?

(As a complete aside, Mayor Bloomberg's pressers from City Hall always leave me entertained. Every time I see one, it reminds me of the scene from Ghostbusters where the ghostbusters try to persuade the mayor to take action and cite the mass hysteria that would result from dogs and cats living together. If Mayor Bloomberg were to convene a similar swine flu taskforce, Hollywood should keep the cameras running.)

Anyway, given my feelings on the matter, RedState Update's 'swine flu' edition was a tremendous watch, highlighting the problem of misinformation surrounding the pandemic. All of which is a long way of saying that the video is absolutely hilarious, and a wonderful diversion for those in the throes of finals, the daily grind, or otherwise in need of distraction.

Stay healthy, and enjoy!

1 comment

Christena said...

Good to read .,.,.,.

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