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Halloween’s Over…Time for the H1N1 Respirator Mask

November 7, 2009

Now playing at websites near you, the CDC’s latest video: how to put on a respirator mask to protect yourself from any of your young progeny who might have the swine flu.  Personally, I’m waiting for the soon-to-be released parody on U-tube–but here’s the preview: Don’t come within six feet of your sick child , but if you must (in case of infancy, get closer), then by all means put on your respirator mask correctly.Picture a child gazing up into her mother’s respirator mask. I think the child would jump the requisite six feet to get away.  Yep, the Center for Disease Control has outdone itself in panicking the public. It almost makes me long for the yellow alert days following 9/11–time to get out your duct tape, plastic sheet and seal yourself off.

One mother who responded to the CDC queried, “Have any of these people who wrote this ever had children?”  I wondered if any of them had ever been children, or if we had reached the singularity, and the CDC was now run by computers? Fortunately, the American Pediatric Association recognizes that there is a tipping point between good practice and the CDC’s overload, which can prompt people to enter the overwhelmed realm of helplessness, and do nothing. So three cheers for the APA, and here are a few of their tips:

  • Wash your hands, often and before you eat.
  • Your hands and face aren’t friends–keep them away from each other.
  • When you sneeze, sneeze into your shirt sleeve.
  • If you get sick stay home.

And remember–many of us grew up in the era before vaccines…when we developed natural immunity…by getting the measles, mumps, and chicken pox. We got served breakfast in bed, slurped milk toast, and got well. Fortunately with this widespread flu, that seems to be the common course now as well.

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