This has been a test of the Blogosphere Emergency Alert System (BLERT). If this had been an actual emergency you would have been instructed……
If you found this post with a Google search using the terms “swine flu”, “global pandemic”, “quarantine”, or “apocalypse + plague”, I do not have anything useful to report or suggestions for survival. For some strange and inexplicable reason, I am not at this point totally freaked out, even though I live almost at ground zero from the initial Texas outbreak. Steele High School is just 15 miles away, right over in the next community. So, it’s practically in our own backyard.
What’s the difference in my panic level now than from what I felt over the bird flu infections? Simple – all of the US infections have been non-fatal so far. It’s horribly xenocentric, but it seems it takes the death of some otherwise healthy American to jolt us from our complacency – not just the poor victims right across the border.
It’s not too early to make some mental check lists of things to do – contingencies. For me that’s wondering what to do when the first cases hit my kids’ school and the district shuts down as it did over the weekend in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City school district.
I am not old enough (well, I am older) to remember or maybe it wasn’t on my radar screen in 1968 or 1976 when the last swine flu scares came along. What stands out in my memory is President Gerald Ford being mercilessly skewered on Saturday Night Live for what some people believed was the Great Swine Flu failure of 1976. It seems the virus could not be predicted and several million people didn’t die as predicted. I don’t think anyone’s going to get all riled up over emergency preparedness this time around.
What did the churches, particularly Orthodox Churches, do back in ’76 about liturgical services? Were some cancelled or did they go on a usual? What about our practice of communing from a common chalice? I’m inclined to say, “God will take care of us since it is the Body and Blood of His Son”, we’re communing. I bet that doesn’t assauage the paranoia though. Church attendance and frequent communion are going to surely take a hit over the next few weeks or months.
What interesting and scary times we live in! I know one thing, if we do have to go into lock down mode and the kids are sent home, I need to make sure chocolate and Blue Bell ice cream are on my list of essentials. There’s no way I’m spending a week or two shut up in the house with two wild boys without some basic comfort foods.