Last Monday my son caught H1N1 - he contracted it at school where some 25 more students got it that day and stayed home. Sure the scare was great among parents - as you can imagine rumors spread the school would be closed.
Now, the way I expected - it was all one act of sensationalism - one that together with the pandas that get annoyed by crazed photographers - distracts attention everywhere be it from the economic downturn or politics.
One reason why I didn't think it's going to be bad in the first place: the virus had already adapted readily to its host and probably mutated to become less lethal as it made its journey out of Mexico.
Anyway after just a day and a half of muscle aches, fever and dry cough everything went back to normal with all the kids as far as I know showing no complications.
In light of this I am inclined to think that H1N1 is no worse than seasonal flu which in turn is a much more uncontrolled threat killing scores of people - more probably than H1N1 ever will. Last year I got 'seasonal flu' and lay in bed 2 days looking like a cholera victim. I would rather pay more attention to the spread of drug resistant tubercolosis, HIV or exotic strains of encephalitis that are transmitted by mosquitoes - after all raining season will soon take over everywhere. These spread quickly in densely populated urban areas and display a much higher fatality rate as well as severe and long lasting health problems.
So no reason for panic.
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