Monday, May 11, 2009

Back peddling?

CDC's back peddling on school closures sent a message to the public: "We over-reacted. So sorry. Nothing to see here folks, move along." But the crazy thing is, the virologist and epidemiologists don't seem to be in agreement.

Data coming out of Mexico on fatalities is showing people in their 30s with the highest case fatality rate. That is disturbing. In Norway, they grew a new variant of the H1N1 swine flu. The southern hemisphere goes into regular flu season soon, which means co-circulating viruses. And no one has said what will happen with H1N1 swine flu hits areas like Egypt who are reporting new cases of Avian influenza (human and bird) almost daily.

I don't mean to be Chicken Little here, but come on people. Let's not count our eggs before they've hatched. It will take time -- like it or not -- to truly understand how this thing will unfold. For now, in the US, it is mild. Thank goodness for that. But I think it is a mistake to totally let our guard down. There is too much evidence in the scientific community to support that.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. Now go wash your hands.

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