It seems not a day goes by that I don’t hear about the Swine Flu. Whether its the news or someone cracking a joke, the H1N1 virus seems to dominate day-in and day-out. It does not seem to matter where I turn, there are reminders everywhere…
1. When I was traveling their were tips and tricks on how to avoid the flu posted throughout each airport
2. There is a sign at work detailing how to avoid spreading germs and protecting yourself from the Swine Flue
3. Almost every news website, broadcast, or magazine features some sort of story about this so-called epidemic.
Then why the Hell don’t a know a single person that has had it? I have friends and family and numerous states and I don’t know a soul that actually had it.
Sure, I’ve heard people say things like “Oh my friend’s kid got it,” but I don’t actually KNOW someone who has had the Swine Flu.
Part of me thinks it’s a complete hoax, but I know that’s a little crazy to believe. It just seems odd that an “epidemic” has not affected anyone I know. So what gives? Did we just throw the term epidemic out there too freely? Or were we scared into taking action early so it wouldn’t be a huge deal? The whole thing just seems weird to me…
Personally, I have not changed a single thing I do on a day-to-day basis to avoid the virus and haven’t so much as had a runny nose this fall. I’m sure I’m jinxing myself at this point, but I’ll chance it.
Has anyone out there been diagnosed with Swine Flu or at least an immediate family member?