Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Panic is Pandemic

It's the flu.  The flu, not the black death.  The flu, a disease that lots of people get every year and, unfortunately, a disease that lots of people die from every year, whether it originated in a pig or not.  Again . . . it's the flu!

And, yes, swine flu is apparently "pandemic."  Sounds scary, doesn't it?  Kind of like "enjoy your last moments on earth for tomorrow we'll all be dead."  But pandemic doesn't actually mean that.  According to, it means "prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world."

So the swine flu is prevalent and widespread around the world.  What's the big deal?  So is plain-old non-porcine flu.  So is the common cold.  So is stupidity and, now, not coincidentally, panic.

For the last time (hopefully) . . . it's just the flu!

1 comment:

Dameon said...

There have been 26,000 confirmed cases and 55 pediatric deaths this flu season from Influenza. That's down from 83 pediatric deaths last flu season.

Of those 26000 cases, 109 have been from the "swine" flu, and 1 death.

Get over it. This is a friggin' blip that the media is blowing out of proportion.

Anyone for pork steaks this weekend? I'll fire up the smoker!