How’s the ‘National Emergency’ Going?

So now that we’re three or four days into a national emergency, I can’t help but wonder how it’s going. So far, I’m not noticing anything different. I’ve been going to work, watching television, surfing the web, and generally behaving normally. How about you?

The way people—including those in the government, media, and medical professions—have gone on about this H1N1 flu, you would think we were facing a calamity of epic proportions. So far I’m not seeing any actual evidence of society breaking down. From my perspective it’s a pretty inconsequential ‘pandemic’ and a pretty silly ‘national emergency,’ especially considering we deal with the seasonal flu—which is deadlier and more virulent than ‘swine flu’—every single year.

Whatever happened to SARS? Or West Nile Virus? Are they still around? They got this much media attention when they were new, but I don’t remember them being national emergencies. At least those were novel and different diseases. This one is just the flu.

Seriously . . . chill out.

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.