School started last week and, as in other countries, measures are being taken on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Children are being asked to sneeze into a tissue, wash their hands and cough into their elbow. If there are more than three cases of the flu at any school, the authorities will decide if they should close down the school. In October, if the media is to be believed, all children will be offered the vaccination at school.
Without wanting to trivialize the subject, the hysteria around swine flu seems a bit overblown! From talking to friends who have been diagnosed with it, it isn’t any worse than the common-all-garden variety. There have been very sad cases of people passing away after having been infected by this flu, but the toll does not seem to be higher than during the normal flu season.
So why all of this excitement?
Is it because the pharmaceutical companies are seeing this as a golden opportunity to sell a huge amount of product? Are governments enjoying looking like the health of the public is their main priority? I might be sounding a tad cynic but it really seems to me that the attention on swine flu is a bit of a storm in a teacup. I completely agree with preventative measures such as washing hands, coughing whilst covering the mouth and so on. What I don’t agree with is the hysteria created by the media and the governments. In times of crisis, especially health crisis, it makes so much more sense for me to stay calm and inform the public in an non emotive way. I would love to know what you guys think!