Friday, September 18, 2009

Bigger than the Beatles or Jesus

When did the swine flu get to be bigger than the Beatles or Jesus? The last I checked, it was just a flu. Actually a pretty mild one at that. So how did this somewhat ordinary flu become a pandemic, and the cause of controversy over forced vaccinations & mass quarantines?
This flu is supposed to be so big and bad, that I almost didn't realize that's what Cute Hubby had, which he passed on to me. (which originally came from Babyzilla, who got it from her father, ect., ect.) I almost didn't realize how many of my friends, family, and neighbors have had this "really bad cold", which none of us seemed to realize was swine flu. Why is that? Has such a stigma been put onto this flu that we dare not mention it by name in association with ourselves? How many of you have had the flu already and not realized that's what you had? Yet every other year we most certainly know and identify the flu. Why not this year?
And if you were to draw a pie chart of how many people died from the swine flu compared to how many died from any other flu, wouldn't it all look the same?
So why is swine flu such a big "celebrity" this year, and who stands to gain the most? Why do people at work react like I've committed some kind of sacrilege for calling out with it? It's not the plague, so why is it being built up like one?

19 comments:

mo.stoneskin said...

It is one of those mysteries that I just don't have a clue about. Just today the papers were doom-mongering again. My current theory is that it is John Lennon's revenge.

diane said...

Mo: It's good to have some humor about this, I'm with you on the John Lennon theory.

Prunella Jones said...

I read somewhere that Tamiflu only keeps for three years and then it must be thrown out. And that they made tons 3 years ago for that supposed Avian Flu that was going to kill us all. And that Donald Rumsfeld owns lots of stock in Tamiflu. And suddenly it all makes sense.

Fuck off, Big Pharma! No one's buying your bullshit!

erin said...

My ex just called me to tell me there are three girls on Rose's soccer team with confirmed Swine Flu. what am I supposed to do with that?

Now I'll be running around constantly checking their temperatures. Better just to not know maybe?

John Lennon wouldn't want to take revenge on me, a faithful follower since the age of 0. So, me and mine are safe, right?

diane said...

Pru: You really are smarter than the average bear. You are soooo on the right track, it's scary.

Erin: Don't buy into the panic, it's just the flu. Drink lots of fluids, get lots of rest,.....that kind of thing. And remember, it's better to have the real thing than to take some experimental concoction that does god knows what.

Jack Daniel said...

Here in The Netherlands, we're talking about Mexican Flu. I too have the Mexican flu. At least....I think I've had it twice. Right now, I'm getting better and better. But a few weeks ago, I was a disaster with coughing and sneezing and nose dripping all day long for a whole week!

The Man Who Knew Too Much said...

I consider the swine flu to be highly overrated!

diane said...

JD: Oh yeah, I forgot that they changed the name of it some countries. I hope you are feeling better.

Dennis: Exactly.

drollgirl said...

i blame it on 24-hour news always trying to scare us with a big story. sigh.

Mr. Charleston said...

Okay. Here's the straight poop. Well, maybe not completely straight, but, as I understand it, what makes this flu special is that it's a new breed never seen before. And it's highly contagious, which all of you can attest to. The fear is that it will mate with a deadly flu like Avian Flu and then it's Katy bar the door.
But WTF. I'm an old guy and don't have to worry. At last, something old farts don't have to worry about.

diane said...

Drolly: I stopped watching the news years ago. I get my news on the web now.

Mr. Charleston: Meh, I think it's a scam. There's a lot of money going into somebody's pocket, and it sure as h*ll isn't mine.
Old is as old does, I just made that up.tee hee. : )

Vic said...

Swine flu is the Y2K of the virus world.

I'm pretty sure half my students have swine flu at this very moment. I'm wearing a hazmat suit to school on Monday.

(Really sorry you've been sick, diane- hope you're feeling much better by now. And thanks for you comments today. They meant a lot.)

Cait said...

it is scary and everywhere at the lib. somebody is coughing on you or something. But you hope you can keep your hands washed enough.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Protection is better than cure I suppose... disinfect-disinfect-disinfect everything! Great weekend Diane!

Jules said...

I don't know but it's driving me nuts. It's the flu, People. The flu. Grrrrrr.

Lulu said...

For those of us alive in 1918 (ok, I'm feeling old today, 'ight??) the fear is still out there in the scientific community that a MAJOR FLU EPIDEMIC WILL KILL THOUSANDS) and we won't know how to cure it.

Or, 'they' are trying to distract us from the economy.

Either way, here's some virtual chicken soup for you!

Moannie said...

Sazzies tall girl got it, along with so many of her school that they had to close it. Tall girl then got bad bronchitus but no doctor would call. Hello! Haven't they heard of face masks if they are so afraid, and washing hands. What those idiots forget is that people die every year of the so called ordinary flu. It is unconscionable the fear that has been created by their ill thought out hysteria.

Dominica said...

It's just the media and people blowing everything out of proportion ! But this flu is pretty serious...even on national telly here celebrities tell us how to sneeze (didn't anyone get proper education on that when they were growing up ?)
Remember our doctor told us not to panic when that dickhead called hubby 1 day before we would leave for Italy ? It's not that any cold unfold itself to swineflu !
People just want to be 'interesting' by saying 'I got the swineflu' ...
Love the John Lennon theory too :-) gonna use that one to make myself interesting ;-))

Girl Interrupted said...

Yep, newspaper and pharmaceutical sales is what it's all about.

Surely John Lennon wouldn't be so vindictive?

Now Ted Kennedy, maybe ...