Last week, I wrote a little article trying to get people to calm down about the swine flu. Yes, it will get you sick, yes, it’s contagious, and yes, if you get it you should seek medical attention. But as of today, the CDC has only three cases of swine flu in my state, and only one swine flu-related fatality in the US.
In other words, the swine flu hasn’t affected me or anyone that I know. Until, that is, I went to the hardware store this weekend. I’ve just moved into a house, and it needs a lot of work. And by that, I mean there are rooms that are unfit for a human presence just yet. So, this weekend, I decided to start cleaning the grossest room in the house, which (apparently) had been used as a chicken coop. You can only imagine the horror of what it looks and smells like inside. But, unlike the swine flu, bird droppings pose a real health hazard to me. So I did what any responsible man (whose wife tells him not to get himself sick) would do: I went shopping for some of these:
Respirator masks, so that I could breathe without getting myself sick. And you know what? The hardware store was out of them! Seriously, people are paranoid enough about contracting the swine flu that I can’t buy a simple mask at a hardware store.
So I’d like to know — and the best way to find out is to ask — how do you feel about the swine flu? How has it (if at all) affected you?