By Joy Johnston
Over the weekend, health officials became increasingly concerned about widespread outbreaks of the swine flu in various parts of the world. The hardest hit area so far appears to be Mexico City but after a confirmed outbreak in New York City, U.S. officials have declared a public health emergency.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the declaration was standard operating procedure and that the public should think of it as a “declaration of emergency preparedness.” It appears so far that the strain of the swine flu impacting the U.S. is milder than the type that has killed dozens in Mexico.
It’s also important to note that the swine flu is usually very treatable, though with like any flu strain, symptoms can range fom mild to severe.
(Just for the record, despite the name, you cannot get swine flu from consuming pork products. While there have been swine flu outbreaks in farm environments where it spreads from pigs to humans, just like with other strains of the flu, most people contract it through close contact with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing.)
How worried are you about the swine flu coming to Georgia? How will you take extra precautions to avoid it or do you think this will end up being another false alarm like the bird flu panic from a few years ago? Or will you?