Re: Swine flu precautions
Honestly, I have a feeling that this 'Swine Flu" debacle will end up as over-rated as Y2K was. The number of Canadians that have been diagnosed with "Swine Flu" is dwarfed by the numbers that every year catch some other form of flu especially in the colder months.
Maybe there's not as great an impact due to the fact that the Government provides flu shots for free every year and many of us have built up a form of resistance over the years. I can't really say as I'm not in the health care field anymore.
I do recall the reaction to the SARs scare a number of years ago in Toronto. A conference had been planned with industry representatives attending over the long weekend. Apparently, one or two people from another country overreacted just a bit and caused a stampede of cancellations by both attendees and companies that were coming from outside Canada. When the dust settled, the conference went off without a hitch with Canadian suppliers stepped up to the plate and covered off the spots left vacant. Oh, and nobody attending got sick from SARs.
Now is not the time for kneejerk reacting to the media incurred circuses. Yes it's a new strain of influenza, but this is not 1918, we have far better medical supports now. What can you do to counter it? Act in a reasonable and commonsense manner. Get your flu shots, keep up healthy personal hygene and seek medical care if warranted.
Closing businesses where no one has any signs of an illness strikes me as being a bit over reactive. Caution in protecting the public and the employees is to be commended but it must be tempered with a bit of practicality and a healthy dose of common sense as well.