Thursday, April 30, 2009

Media Frenzy = Mass Hysteria

Ok ... seriously.  Enough with the swine flu thing.  Even though most Americans can't spell it (top search on google = swine flue), most of us think we have it.  

However there may be a tiny bit of confusion related to how one contracts this illness.  Yes, you can get it if an ill person coughs or sneezes on you, and you do not wash your hands, and you stick your fingers in your mouth.  Yes, you can get it if an ill person uses a telephone and you come along behind them and use the same phone and then do things to help the little germies work their way inside your body.  Yes, you should probably avoid unnecessary travel to remote villages in Mexico where pig farming is a primary source of income and avoid contact with persons who have fever, chills, sweats, coughs, sneezing and so on.  (I also avoid contact with people who spontaneously burst into song, but that's just me.)

However, please, please do all my friends who work in ER's the world over a huge favor, and listen to this.  

If you have NO symptoms, and you feel fine, please do not walk into your local ER and demand a test for swine flu because you have recently had contact with your relatives who live in Mexico ... BY TELEPHONE.  

Seriously.  I know it's hard to believe.  But no ... you just can't get it that way.  For real.  I mean it.  Stop making those faces.  That's not how you get it.  Really.  Now take off the yellow mask and go home.

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