The World Health Organization has raised the alert for swine flu to level five and is warning a pandemic is imminent.
So are we really panicking or not? This blogger thinks the fear is real, and this paper says there’s panic in New York. But this blog says there isn’t.
Who is spreading the fear? Is it just us journalists doing it to make money? Some people are blaming twitter .
Our team have been told not to come into work for 7 days and even their equipment has gone into quarantine. I think they’d rather be at work but I’m not sure I want them here (only for health reasons of course!). Ros was told to produce a medical certificate for his kid’s nursery but the doctor said it was a waste of time. Is it right to socially shun people who’ve been in infected areas or is it over the top?
I was also wondering if the ‘panic’ is starting to hurt the economy? US stocks are down for travel, energy and hotel companies. But shares are up in healthcare! Will the economy grind to a halt if there is a pandemic?
And we still don’t know what’s causing swine flu…. Could the world’s largest pork packer be linked to it? They have massive hog-raising operations in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak started and people are starting to ask questions…
But the meat industry says there’s no link and want us to call it Mexican flu instead.
And if you are worrying, this video’s a reminder of maybe why you shouldn’t.