It is interesting to compare the response of our officials to the response of our youth. When you see officials running around like chicken with their heads cut off in order to appease the masses - it's amazing to see how their efforts have become the butt of many jokes among our youth.
Today, while I was in class I had the pleasure of overhearing two students discuss their poor friend Samantha, who was out sick. Samantha has had the cold for two days, and has been absent for just as long. The two in the back were discussing if they should see her, but afraid to 'catch a cold' from her. It was touching, until a third came by and said: "Uh-oh, sounds like swine flu to me!" Well, this response elicited a response that I did not expect. Instead of being offended, the two other students actually laughed, and said: "Well, we thought about that... but she hasn't been to Mexico."
After dealing with that comment, the period ended, and I went to go grab food. While I was in the lounge, I overheard other teachers talking about Swine Flu. And to sum it up; it was a joke to them as well. They recounted stories of every little cough, or sneeze in their classroom; greeted with a "Swine Flu!" from the other students.
And so its begun. Many will reduce this flu into a joke, citing Avian flu, SARS, and other 'false alarms.' When questioned, many also like to point out the ratio: 236 : 6,500,000,000 that is, 236 cases to 6.5 billion people. Which when given the media spotlight, does seem excessive.
So is this truly a serious issue? Or is this 'pandemic' blown out of proportion, and just fodder for a 24hr news cycle?