happy-pigI gotta tell ya, I’m a little freaked out by all this talk of Swine Flu.  I bashfully admit that when P started running a temp on Sunday evening, I was convinced we’d been swined.  And now reports of the first US death today. In this age of such advances – technical and medical – to think people are dying because of a weird strain of influenza really shakes me up.

So I posted a poll on Twitter to see if I’m the only one going a little cookoo over the whole pig-problem:

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Click here to add your two cents.

It’s a mixed bag, offering me no reassurance either way.

In the meantime, stay on top of things and do the simple, common sense things-to-do to keep the germs away, swine or otherwise (from the CDC website):

1 Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2 Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3 Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4 Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

5 Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6 Practice other good health habits.

Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

One good thing? The outbreak seems to be lowering the price of pork, this according to my husband via talk-radio.  So stock up on bacon people, cause I’m no doctor but I’m pretty sure you can’t get the flu from eating pork products.