When organizations like the WHO declare things like Stage 5 threat levels and while there's only one death in the US so far, we should expect many more, people who struggle with paranoia like I do have to work hard to not Completely Freak Out. Paranoia makes things painfully difficult. I have to try to take a step back and ask myself if my worry is normal or induced by a mental issue.
Does it make sense to keep Rozz out of school? It seems like a large percentage of the US cases were spread between students at schools. And kids are Notoriously bad about covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze. And Rozz.... he touches everything, hugs everybody at schools and is terrible about putting his hands in his mouth. Just in the past thirty minutes I've told him to get his hands out of his mouth half a dozen times. He's not in school for learning at this point... it's just socialization so it's not like keeping him home is going to put him behind in studies. And the damn Swine Flu is here in Northern/Central California now.
I know this is made even more difficult right now because a friend just lost a child. And when someone's child dies, it really forces you to look at the love you hold for your own children and how difficult losing them would be. Is it worth it to even risk it? Parents have to make calculated risks. And I'm not liking this risk at all.
Ugh. Think with me for a moment about the spread of flu viri. It occurs largely because people take their sick selves out in public. Send sick kids to school. Go to work sick. Oftentimes without even knowing they're sick yet. Common incubation periods are on average five days. After first showing signs of illness, the viral shedding period (when you're highly contagious) is at it's peak for anywhere from five to seven days. So, basically, if we wanted to get this under control, it would take a month of people being ultra cautious about going out.
And closing our borders.
Why our borders are still open is beyond me. Yeah... let's continue to let infected individuals into the country and allow people to cross the border and risk infecting themselves and bringing it home. What. The. Fuck.
Janet Napolitano said about border control, that each additional measure added at the border could create "huge economic disruption." Ahhh... because disease and potential loss of life mean little in the face of losing money. So long as we continue on our current path of "Do nothing to disrupt the flow of money and don't inconvenience anybody" this bug will continue to spread.