11 thoughts on “Momversation: Everybody Panic

  1. Maureen

    That’s funny, Maggie. I live in Toronto and during the SARS crisis (Toronto was the centre of it) I never saw a single person on the streets wearing a mask. The virus never did make it outside of the hospitals here. And because of that experience, Toronto is right on top of the procedures and protocols for how to manage this one. (Wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough.)

  2. m

    Everyday “precausions”?

    Anyway, I’m in San Diego. Too late to run from the neighbors. And, uh, I live with a hospital doctor who’s already gotten the swine flu. I’m still alive. *wave* Take normal flu-season precautions. Maybe wear a hospital-grade mask when flying.

  3. Philly Mama

    I love your segments of this Maggie. Yes, I think the media has overdramatized this. BUT, I think what scientists and medical professionals are trying to explain is what you said: there is the potential for a pandemic and we’re unprepared for that. In fact, I’ve spoken with experts who think it’s possible this is pitter out over the summer and then come back in the fall as a stronger virus. Particularly, if H1N1 combines with other strains like avian flu.

    The bottom line is that people hear about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and think it was so long ago and there’s no WAY anything like that could happen today. There’s no need to panic about “swine flu”, but people should take the time to educate themselves on difference viruses and more importantly, the measures we’d all need to take if a “supervirus” manifested itself.

  4. sevedra

    i think a “supervirus” is possible. But I don’t think this is it. This specific episode seems to me to be blown out of proportion for media advantage. My kids are a bit bigger though. i might feel more “panicky” if mine were still in the toddler years. i think regular health cautions are enough to prevent this. Hand washing, care about who you touch and when, no drinking after friends. *shrug* I feel okay about the Swine Flu. No worries.

  5. Elizabeth

    It’s not AT ALL FUNNY and I’m not laughing inappropriately AT ALL. But I’ve just read Comment #3 – and if H1N1 combines with the avian strain – are we going to call it “when pigs fly flu”?
    Right, back to lurking.

  6. Philly Mama

    @Elizabeth: most infectious disease experts (both the ones on TV and the ones I work with) seem to agree that it’s possible for one strain to combine with another. Influenza A is sort of volatile. Of course, they can’t accurately predict when/if it will happen, but it’s possible. But you know, you can call it whatever you like if it gives you a chuckle.

  7. Leah

    I totally agree with you Maggie about the media. I think they are doing a good job. Yeah, the swine flu hasn’t shown itself to be particularly virulent, but it could have been, and public health officials and the media were doing exactly what they should be doing to make sure the proper precautions were taken and that we were ready for the worst.

    Can you imagine how different things would be if the world had been prepared for AIDs, TB, Spanish flu, or any other pandemic that did turn out to be a mass killer?

    Also, by telling people to take the correct precautions (normal ones, yay!) they are doing a public health service and also, I think, telling people what to do can often help control the panic.

    Go media.

  8. Maggeh Post author

    Erin, It’s Maybelline Superstay in Wine. If you follow the directions it stays on all day, and it’s $10 at the drugstore.

  9. Melissa

    I agree with everyone saying that it’s a good idea to strengthen public health awareness and preparedness. We all need reminders to stay home when sick (even “just a little”), to wash our hands, and to cover our coughs. We all need to take responsibility for our personal health & our family’s health.

    It’s also a good idea to have basic emergency stuff on hand–including activities to keep kids busy during times of social isolation.

    Even a virus with a relatively low mortality rate can severely disrupt normal life. Even if lots of people don’t die, if a certain percentage of people become ill, all infrastructure is affected.

    Wash your hands, cover your cough, and keep sick (even mildly) people away from groups. I don’t want to be on the bus or in the grocery store with infectious people.

    That means we all need to step up and take care of each other. It’s hard to avoid public places if no one else is available to run to the store for you, or to miss work if you don’t have benefits.

    Thank you for posting this, Maggie.

  10. Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

    I was going to ask about the lipstick too, but I see the question has been answered. I know where I’ll be stopping on my way home from work!

    Anyway, the swine flu thing. My only concern is that when a pandemic doesn’t happen, the media isn’t going to have anything else to use to scare the public. They’ll have to invent something new. What next? Ice cream bars that cause foot bone cancer?

  11. Norm

    So, we went to New York for the swine flu. While we were there our town caught fire! Was someone trying to send us a message?@?!?!

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