Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Let's not cause a panic

I'm confused. The Obama Administration is downplaying the swine flu outbreak. But the head of the World Health Organization just announced that the agency is raising its "pandemic flu alert level" to phase 5 (its second-highest warning) because it believes that a global outbreak of the disease is imminent.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan: "It really is all of humanity that is under threat in a pandemic."

Then you have this from Barack Obama: "This is obviously a serious situation," and "we are closely and continuously monitoring."

Which is it? A "serious situation" that Obama is monitoring or a pandemic that may wipe out civilization?

Should we be running through the streets naked or not?

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