Maybe it’s just because I work at a medical center, but it certainly seems that people are getting a might skittish these days. I would like to take a moment to remind you of the avian flu, and SARS and any number of diseases that have caused people to panic unduly. I mean we average 1,000 – 3,000 cases of the bubonic plague each and every year folks, and I don’t see anyone freaking out about the black death! Calm down. Yes, there’s another strain of flu out there and it seems easily transmissible between humans. This is a problem, but it’s not a catastrophe. If you feel you must make some extra-ordinary preparations, I have the following suggestions:

  1. Eat right
  2. Exercise
  3. Get plenty of rest.

I think you’ll find that that about sums up the best options for flu protection. If you want to stock up on surgical masks, feel free. They’ll be useful while sitting in the doctor’s office should you come down with the sniffles at some point… keep everyone else from catching your cold, flu or what have you.

Now don’t misunderstand, with the world population what it is, a pandemic of one sort or another is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen now (nor does it mean it’s not happening now). If we ever do experience a massive flu (or other contagious disease) outbreak, there will be a few tell tale signs:

  1. Schools will be closed
  2. Airports will be shut down
  3. The grocery store will run out of Booberry… again…
  4. There will be large piles of uncollected bodies lying in the street
  5. At least four people you know will go running through the streets naked, screaming at the tops of their lungs.

Until you start seeing any of the above, though, you should probably just soldier on and live your life. Heck, I’m headed to a convention and plan on going to the movie theater at least twice in the next two weeks. So everyone relax, and please stop asking me if this is *the* outbreak. Thank you.