“Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.” Wallace Stevens
A pandemic (from Greek παν pan all + δήμος demos people) is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide.
What thoughts race through your mind when you hear this? I envision total pandemonium and people racing through the street? I think of the movie “Outbreak” with Dustin Hoffman, and how all the medical personnel were running around in complete safety suits…..it was scary.
I know medical emergencies and diseases exist, but do we think the news and media is on high alert?
Swine Flu….I know we had a scare of this sometime in my past, I’m not so young so who knows when it was. We had the SARS epidemic in 2003 and we worried about it’s spread.
Seeing these face masks all over the place in Mexico is frightening, and each day hearing of many confirmed US cases is cause for concern, but not mass hysteria. I feel the media may be doing a bit of that.
As I watched my beloved “Today” show this morning I listened, it appears that all or most known cases have been traced back to Mexico. So lets me smart, lets wash our hands, lets be aware of anyone who has traveled to Mexico and lets be vigilant, but calm.
I’m not a medical person, nor do I play one on TV, but it really bothers me when I hear “pandemic” I worry that we are encouraging some sort of hysteria.