Flu Update: Monday Morning, April 27

It is not time for panic, but it is time to take precautions, especially if you have a chronic illness. The blog Effect Measure is always very informative; this post is great, it helps us understand exactly what an “epidemic” or a “pandemic” is. It’s not always what you think.

There will be more cases found, and perhaps some will be near you. Don’t panic. They are finding these cases because all our health facilities are on RED ALERT and we’re looking for them a lot harder than usual. And with the media in hair trigger mode, every case of “flu-like symptoms” is going to instantly become “SWINE FLU! OH NO! THE WORLD IS ENDING! WATCH CHANNEL THREE FOR COVERAGE OF THE END OF THE WORLD! – If we’re still around to show it!” If they want to panic, fine… you don’t have to.

As for right now, until we have more information – remember to only get your “Flu News” from people who know what they are talking about, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – go about your life as you normally would.

The pop group Dose of Soap (You’ve never heard of Dose of Soap? Where have you been?) reminds us of the basic thing we can do to prevent spreading germs:

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