Where does caution cross over and become panic? I've been asking myself this question for the past few days as our community is affected by the swine flu outbreak. I'm trying hard to remain on the cautious side, but given events of the past six hours I'm creeping toward panicky. Late this afternoon our school district announced a cancellation of most extra curricular events. Early this evening it was announced that a school about five or six miles from our house, that is in an adjacent district, is closed for the next week due to a confirmed case. And, the girl scouts just sent an e-mail advising the cancellation of all events for the next ten days. Boys Scouts is next, I'm sure. My husband, a medical professional, assures me that the only reason for the major reaction is simply to avoid mass illness and is not due to any major health concerns associated with the swine flu. Apparently this is a highly contagious virus that has the capability to spread rapidly and health officials are concerned about having large numbers of people sick nationally all at one time. They also want to attempt to limit exposure to vulnerable populations if at all possible. He's at a conference right now where it is topic one so I'm thinking he's getting good, current info. I hope!!
So for the time being we will stick a little closer to home, but will still go to school and attend the few events that have not been cancelled...yet. At the same time we will wash hands a little more frequently, make good use of the hand santizer and avoid super large gatherings.