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Swine Nonsense

What I want to know is how many of the people currently terrified about catching Swine Flu smoke?

I hate to break it to them, but smoking is a lot more likely to send you on your way to the afterlife than possibly catching flu (or any variety).

I'm always amazed by the mass hysteria over these things.

I remember when Bird Flu was the "in thing" to be worried about. One of my flatmates at the time was terrified she'd get it and die. The slightest cough set her nerves on end and imagination running wild. I pointed out two things to her. She smoked LOTS and drank LOTS. Either of those things could kill her (and were certainly a lot mroe likely to than bird flu) and she was actively doing them every day and not worrying about them. If she was really worried about dying she could quit smoking and cut down drinking and her life expectancy would probably increase.

Yes, flu is nasty and can kill. Yes they are stronger versions of it out there more likely to kill. But look at the facts of daily life and stop worrying about catching it. If you are worried about it look at the other things in your life much more likely to harm you that you can do something about. Like diet, exercise, stopping smoking/drinking/drugs, etc.


Apr. 30th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I can't leave the house. I'm so afraid that swine flu is waiting around the corner to leap out and attack me. If I hear someone sneeze (even from across the street) I have to run up to them and interrogate them as to whether or not they've been to Mexico recently, or know anyone who's been to Mexico, or know anyone who knows someone else who has been to Mexico or is Mexican - so filled with fear am I.

I used to love eating burritos but now I'm morbidly afraid that by eating even a vegetarian one that I might catch it because, y'know, it's Mexican, right? I could be eating the flu or something, right? Right? Right!? I won't even touch a three-bean chilli!

I think the only way out of this hysteria is for me to sell my possessions, purchase a ticket to Mexico and go lick pig farmers so that at least the waiting is over and I can accept my inevitable fate.

Edited at 2009-04-30 03:32 pm (UTC)

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