So a week ago I published a blurb about the swine flu thinking everyone was freaking out for nothing. For a few days after, I wondered if maybe I got it wrong. Now however, I’m back to my original premise. I was also right about the foolish overreacting that would take place. Some ountries have banned travel to Mexico. Others have killed off a bunch of pigs. Everyone is still all freaked out. Yet the numbers of deaths have remained quite small and very contained even though the flu itself has shown up in many places. Craziness.
The killing of the pigs really bugs me. In spite of assertions by doctors and other scientists that this flu isn’t caught from eating pork, nor can it be transmitted from pigs to humans, Egypt killed over 300,000 pigs. In response, the WHO came out with a statement that the name needs to be changed because killing pigs is unnecessary.
All the news organizations went nuts when a toddler died from the flu outside of Mexico, the first case outside that country. EGADS! It’s spreading! Someone outside Mexico died! We’re all going to get it! It’s pandemic! We’re all dead! Um, yeah. Lost in the uproar was the fact the child was Mexican and had just been in Mexico. It wasn’t like the flu came crawling across the border, snaking its way north in ever increasing tentacles. Yet that is what the media worldwide seemed to want people to believe.
The actual truth is that most of the people who died had not gotten treatment when they should have. For everyone else who has contracted the flu, their illnesses have been sh0rt-lived and they have recovered. The trick was early detection and intervention. It would be nice if the news media could find a nice balance between letting people know they should do something and acting like lunatics. Unfortunately they usually lean towards lunacy.
The nasty right-winger radio hosts have used the swine flu as an opportunity to spread their hate mongering, lies, and racism. They blatantly lie, claiming that we’re all going to get sick from Mexicans and we better close our borders further. It’s disgusting. Maybe any idiots who believe their bullshit will lock themselves in their homes with a gun and stop wandering the streets. If this happens, I guess in a twisted way the hate mongerers have performed a public service.