April 26, 2009

Are You Panicked About the Swine Flu Yet?


I wouldn't blame you if you were. Once again, the media are fanning the flames of fear. Remember the killer bees from Africa? The Y2K computer meltdown? This time it's the swine flu outbreak from Mexico.

It's true that the U.S. Government has declared an "emergency" over the swine flu outbreak. "Emergency" sounds like a scary word that's not a big step from "panic," but really it's just an appropriate step for the government in order to release federal funds and the like. There have only been 20 confirmed cases of swine flu reported thus far in the U.S. That's hardly cause for panic, and is a tiny number compared to gun shootings, car accidents, mercury-filled coal plant emissions, high fructose corn syrup, and many other things that we really should be concerned about.

Unfortunately, the media tend to blow the latest thing out of proportion prematurely. And, coincidentally, they then run advertisements for pain relievers and other drug company products. I for one trust my body's defenses to fight off the swine flu, the killer bees, the Y2K virus, and most of the other germs that have caused the human body, through thousands of years of evolution, to become the powerful fighter that it is.

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At 7:48 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

So are you buying a mask from John? :)

I wasn't too worried after I that none of the 8 people here who were diagnosed with it even had to be hospitalized.

Then my husband started fanning the panic flames with new of hundreds of cases in Mexico with a number of people who had died.

Have they started assigning colors to epidemics yet? I would hope we're not even to yellow yet on this one.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger media concepts said...

We'll never know. I had to delete his 3 spam comments. Meanwhile, it seems President Obama agrees with me. Today he said that the outbreak is "cause for concern" but not "cause for alarm."

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger anOCgirl said...

i agree with you 100%. the media is hyping this up way too much. i feel that if we just use universal precautions and practice good hygiene (not touching your nose/eyes/mouth before washing hands, etc), we should be ok.

btw, nice picture! what beach is that?

 
At 4:15 AM, Blogger ghetufool said...

can't blame media. the beat reporter has to do something.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

@OCGirl, that's Santa Monica, at the recent opening of the new Annenberg public beach house.

 

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