The good thing about swine flu

I have been young and now I am old, and I have never witnessed anything like the virtual panic in the streets over a little bug from Mexico. Nothing can make seemingly intelligent people tremble like a warning from the World Health Organization that uses the word “pandemic.” After all, we’ve seen the movies and the TV dramas about such things, right?

“Aporkalypse Now.” OMG, we’re all gonna die!

The good thing, of course, is that it gives Americans something to worry about that isn’t related to the economy. Of course, nobody goes to the mall when they’re afraid of other people (that mask isn’t foolproof, after all), so it could actually end up making matters worse.

People, please. Can we just chill for a minute? And to the health officials who will doubtless be chest-thumping when the fear has passed, remember the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Comments

  1. Vince Crunk says

    whew, glad my math skills are still intact to do the problem above this box. My comment is a take on the “If it bleeds, it leads (or is it ledes?) updated to include “If it sneezes or coughs …” Wouldn’t be anything to report on during another sweeps month if we simply said ‘things are under control.’

  2. “If it sneezes, it teases!” (re: local news teases)

  3. “virtual panic in the streets over a little bug from mexico”.

    i wish i could get one (click my id above)

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