Monday, April 27, 2009

This Little Piggy

I've been reading a lot of blaring headlines about the Swine Flu. But here is some perspective from Turi Mcnamee:

But I don’t think we need to worry about this pandemic too much, because there’s one thing to keep in mind when news of a unique flu strain breaks: perspective. As of this writing, 80 people in Mexico have succumbed to swine flu. By comparison, the CDC estimates that 36,000 people in the United States die each year of influenza-related illnesses. And in spite of this, we in the medical community still have a hard time convincing people to get their flu shots. If you’re not afraid of influenza, then you shouldn’t be afraid of the swine flu. Even in the event that someone gets infected with swine flu, we have medications with demonstrated effectiveness against the strain that’s currently active.

So take a deep breath and relax. Just wash your hands and stay away from the guy with the really bad "cigarette cough."

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