Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine/Mexico Flu

So this flu is so new we don't even know what to call it yet, but it's already spread through our continent all the way to Canada. I'm optimistic that it'll all be OK in the end if we panic a bit now and stop its spread. The pertinent data:
-- It doesn't seem quite that severe, at least in the sense that there are no confirmed US deaths yet.
-- We're not sure if the flu vaccine will protect or not yet, but it's possible it could, because it does contain a similar virus in it.
-- Tamiflu (and another antiviral) works against it. So far -- the farther it spreads the more chance the little bugs will find a way around it.

All told, it could be a lot worse (and viruses mutate fast enough that it might get a lot worse, but I'm still hopeful). So wash, wash, wash hands, and try to stop touching your face! Of course, trying to get 3 little boys to stop that is like telling them to interpret Proust or something.

Personally, I have a bit of something right now but it's not that severe, and may just be lack of sleep, plus I was last in Mexico a year ago. That's the trick, knowing when you've got something and when you haven't.

Oh, and I'm trying not to be too put out at the fact that all these high school students got to fly to Mexico and I had to drive in a car to California on Spring Break! Actually, driving was not that bad, come to think of it.

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