swine flu: not looking good

This morning, there is sad news that the first US death has occurred due to the swine flu, a little boy in Houston, Texas, not quite two years old.

And here we all are, at the same crossroads we’ve been at umpteen times. Is it time for us to freak out? Or, like MRSA, SARS, and the avian bird flu, are we going to feel like idiots in six months for having bought into the hype?

This morning, at my sons’ school, not only did they have Purell at the doors to the school, but more sanitizer was pumped into each child’s hand as he or she entered the classroom.

Is this risible? Or merely prudent? Who can say? In the meanwhile, it seems like we can do absolutely nothing about swine flu, but worry. And use more Purell.