Here at my workplace they’re slowly but surely starting to get worried about the swine flu pandemic. Or Mexican flu, as we call it over here.
Although current wisdom is that it will be no worse than our annual visiting flu strain, the simple fact that it is pandemic instead of epidemic seems to generate a hype of epic proportions.
Especially the continued business of government administration appears to be a subject of serious worry.
And that I do not understand.
The greatest worry is that about 30 to 40 per cent of our local civil servants will be bedridden and unable to work.
So what? It’s unlikely that the flu will limit itself to civil servants. So the same percentage of civilians will be ill, as will be the same amount of workers in commercial and other enterprises. So our “customers” will be as bedridden and ill as we, the civil servants.
Effectively the supply and the demand will even each outher out on that basis.
Apart from which, we’ve never been as prepared for a period of flu as we are now. Nearly every year we enjoy a period like this. Yes, more likely later in winter than like now in summer, but we’d be less prepared nevertheless.
So to be honest, to me it looks like a storm in a teacup.
I’d better go home a bit early today, I have a bit of a sore throat…..