Thursday, April 30, 2009

H1N1 Hysteria

*warning rant ahead*

Ok people, listen up. Why all the panic about pigs? Egypt started slaughtering 300,000 pigs yesterday "just incase" they have the swine flu. Good lord!

Did you know, the flu kills 36,000 Americans every single year? Did you know the swine flu hasn't killed ONE American yet? Yeah, one toddler did die in Texas, but he was already in precarious health, brought the flu over the border from his home country of Mexico and harbored the illness for days before seeking treatment.

It frustrates me to no end, that now that this flu is a danger to healthy individuals we are advised not to go to work sick. Not to take public transportation if we're sick. Wash our hands regularly. Yadda yadda yadda. Everybody panic! This is common sense PEOPLE!

My favorite ridiculous advice on the local news was one day before the swine flu news broke. Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Dr. Tom Hopkins on KCRA Channel 3 evening news actually suggested, to save water, quit washing your hands with soap and water. Instead use Purell. I had two problems with this. First, the carbon footprint of a bottle of purell MUST be greater than a 30 second hand wash with soap and water. And two, NOTHING replaces hand washing! Purell doesn't kill EVERYTHING! It's great when there is NO water, so use it in a pinch, but replace hand washing, at home or work or public restrooms? RIDICULOUS. A week later after the swine flu news broke, Dr. Tom was back on the news urging everyone to wash their hands properly with soap and water. Idiot.

YOU healthy people that walk around with the common cold are putting me in danger every single day, swine flu or regular flu. The common cold could KILL me and thousands of others like me. But you never seem to care about that.

All you healthy people walk around in public infecting me day in and day out every single year. But now.... whooaaaa, watch out! Now YOU too may get sick and die. So everybody panic! Start being courteous! If you're sick, swine flu or not, STAY HOME! Duh.

*now back to your regularly scheduled program. I'm off to cook some pork for dinner*


PxT said...

So you're saying that if I'm sick with the swine flu, I should stay home, right?

whatsherface said...

I love it when you rant. They are so few and far between (at least publicly, haha), that when you do provide social commentary, it is almost always relevant and right on! This ridiculous hysteria is just another example news media gone wrong. (And mob mentality, group-think, etc., etc., etc.)


Jenn said...


No hysteria allowed from people who did not get their flu shot this year! Ridiculous.

At least we'll be able to get pork chops cheap. :)

Chipmunk Chatter said...

You go Tara!

Courtney said...

I hope your pork was at least half off since it prolly was one of those 'just in case' pigs LOL

Anonymous said...

Sweety, you're worried about being politically correct with a plastic bottle when people are dying? Amazingly idiotic and ignorant.

Soap and water cleanse, alcohol kills about 99 percent of germs and bacteria.

Go wash your hands with the bark of a tree and add something to your compost heap out back......

Better hope all those irresponsible parents out there don't send their kids to class sick with your perfect ones....