Okay, so the ‘swine flu’ is out there. I’m not convinced it’s worthy of the media hype that’s out there. Keep in mind the media thrives on bad news (sadly, that’s reality). Don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for my former colleagues, but the business model the ‘media’ works off of is fear based. All I’m saying is look beyond the headlines. No one in this country, so far, has died. From all indications, it looks like just another flu virus.
A doctor friend of mine raised an interesting premise during a conversation today. He says the flu vaccine from this past year didn’t inoculate people from the strain of flu that actually struck during the usual flu season this winter. Plus, he says, the number of flu cases was far less than expected, so the supply of Tamiflu (touted as a possible fix for the swine flu) is way up. If enough people get freaked out about the possibility of a flu outbreak, that surplus of flu medication would be consumed—in other words ‘paid for’ by concerned folks.
This is all conjecture on my part, but I think it’s worthy of consideration. By all means be safe. Wash your hands frequently (I keep Purel in my purse), but look beyond the sensational news headlines for the real facts.