Maybe you’ve turned on the news or listened to the radio sometime in the past week and heard about the “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, THE PIGS ARE COMING!!” disease, better known as the swine flu. I admit, it is something that needs to be made known, and for small children or the weak and elderly, it can be very dangerous. But really, talk of closing the border between countries? Pandemic conjures up images of widespread panic, irrational fear, and a very dangerous situation. Ok, two out of three of ain’t bad. I know that people have died and that it is slowly spreading around the world, but people die every year from the flu. Is it a new strain that has never spread human to human before? Yep. Is it a super virus destined to wipe out the entire human race and/or irrevocably alter the course of history? Um, at this point, all indications point to no. People who have the disease got on planes, and a pandemic to me means that everyone on that plane now has it as well.
Ok, I watch and read too much science fiction.
According to the World Health Organization, we are reaching pandemic levels, but we have much more pressing diseases to worry about close to home.
Like Fifths disease and Scarlett Fever, or as I like to call them, Parvovirus B19 (aka erythema infectiosum) and toxic streptococcus bacteria. Kids in Rhiannon’s school have had both of these diseases recently and saying the scientific names make it sound much more panic-inducing. Sure, about half of all adults have had the virus that causes Fifths and most don’t know it, and Scarlett Fever is essential a bad case of strep throat, but you worry a little with tiny unborn people who are little and precious like Beta.
The doctor says nothing to worry about anymore this late in the game and carry on like normal. I say keep Beta away from nasty, germy hobbitses school-children, but we’ll trust the incubator to do its job in these cases.
Rhiannon did say one of her co-workers gave her an economy sized jar of hand-sanitizer to use in her classroom. Take that, pigs.