Swine flu now declared a public emergency

You’ll find this on a lot of outlets that carry AP news.


WASHINGTON – The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.

Officials reported 20 U.S. cases of swine flu in five states so far, with the latest in Ohio and New York. Unlike in Mexico where the same strain appears to be killing dozens of people, cases in the United State have been mild — and U.S. health authorities can’t yet explain why.

Hope you got your preparations done.  If you haven’t already, get a small stock of N95 masks, gloves (latex, nitrile, or vinyl), sanitizer gel and/or alcohol, and make a casual attempt to avoid large groups of people and mass transit.  Personally I’m still going to go to work, still get groceries, and still live life – this is just the time to go through that mental checklist. 


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