April 26, 2009

Sick Cynics

There is much to blog on, but I'm sick and feel like crap.

No, I don't have the swine flu.

But that takes me to the fact I hate media sensationalism. I've grown to hate the media in general. Can they just report something without acting like Chicken Little?


If I hear Pandemic one more time... I might scream, but I can't because of this nasty headache and tight chest.

And I understand that this has the potential to be nasty, but... how many people die a year of the flu? Nobody in America has died yet and it's already a Public Health Emergency?


Maybe I'm wrong... but I'm a bit at a loss. Perhaps I'm not forward thinking enough. Perhaps we should all be alarmed... feel free to educate me if I'm missing something...

I'm off for a hot shower to try to clear my airways and sinuses.

Oh... am I the only cynic thinking that the stockholders at Theraflu are rubbing there hands, grinning, thinking, "Come to Papa!" as their product flees the shelves?

Just wondering...

Posted by Boudicca at April 26, 2009 08:49 PM

Yeah, I'm getting tired of the Chicken Little mentality as well. I think healthcare and technology have come far enough along that the effects of such a "pandemic" in the US would be minimized. The ones who would have the most trouble would be the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Yet the media is hyping the flu outbreak like it was straight out of Stephen King's "The Stand".

Posted by: diamond dave at April 27, 2009 08:02 AM

I, too, hate the media in general.
The husband was reading the swine flu headlines this morning and commented, "They can't write in the headlines how they're working on it, or that they have a plan. They have to ask if this is the pandemic to end all pandemics."
I replied, "Well, you know if they wrote that they have a plan, we'd all be like 'Good, I won't worry'. And I probably wouldn't read the whole article and learn anything either."

Posted by: Roses at April 27, 2009 08:06 AM

Speaking as someone with a comprimsed immune system and one of the first ones to "go" if a panedemic were to come about ..

I am tired of hearing the media go all chicken little on this, good god it's not even close to flu season levels yet and they are telling people that everyone is going to die.

I feel sorry for people dealing with old people, old people are probably lining up at the doctors office today wanting "the cure" for the swine flu.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 27, 2009 09:03 AM

Dave- I will never look at the Lincoln tunnel the same again. ;-)

Roses- yeah, it can't be a simple headline, it has to be the drama of pandemics to end all pandemics. And the question is... what can WE do about it? Nothing. We have to just sit here and worry about it, except I refuse to. I have a teenager in the house... I have bigger things to worry about.

QW- Oh I'm waiting for my father in law to call and tell me how he's worried. 10:1 says we start getting panicked calls about the Swine Flu in the next week. I'm surprised it's not started. He'll want his SHOT yesterday.

Posted by: Bou at April 27, 2009 09:12 AM

I ahve been hiatus from the news again - can't take it any more... I think I will stay unplugged for awhile longer yet.

Posted by: Richmond at April 27, 2009 02:38 PM

As Lileks said on his blog yesterday 36,000+ die of the flu every year. There is no panic until we have a death rate approaching 5% of the population. We have yet to have even one in this country.

This is why I don't listen to news - I keep a peripheral eye on things and live my life without panic. Heh.

Posted by: Teresa at April 28, 2009 02:21 PM

What bugs me most about the reporting is that there are no details about the deaths. Are they infants? Old people? AIDS patients?

These numbers mean nothing unless I know whether those who died already had compromised immune systems.

Posted by: Harvey at April 29, 2009 11:23 PM