I am scared to death of the Swine Flu. I blame it on my Mom. Several years ago, when the bird flu was wreaking havoc in China, Mom told me all the horrible things that could happen if it became worldwide. In all fairness, she didn’t do this to terrify me, but to make sure we were prepared. But, I was mostly scared. (I love you Mom!)
But, now we have this Swine Flu. And it’s not in China. It’s in Mexico – our friendly neighbors to the south – as well as here. I don’t think the media should be able to use words like “pandemic.” Because I automatically want to run to the store and buy 50 cases of water and a bunch of chocolate in case I am confined to my home. I KNOW everyone in the U.S. has recovered. I KNOW most cases have been like a mild flu. I KNOW more people die from the regular flu than have died from this. But, it still freaks me out.
I didn’t buy the 50 cases of water. I did buy a bunch of hand sanitizer which I made each kid use as soon as they got home from school. I’m wondering if it’s against the rules to send hand sanitizer in their backpacks with instructions to use it every 10 minutes. I gave them a lecture about germs – you know, wash your hands after you use the restroom, don’t eat food off the floor, don’t put your hands other people’s mouths. Heck, I would probably make them wear those surgical masks if I didn’t worry that people would draw unfortunate Michael Jackson parallels. So, I’ll content myself with that . . . for now.
So, what do you think? Are you paranoid like me and this scares you? Or, are you a little more laid back and this doesn’t bother you? Just curious . . .