H1N1 flu

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I had first heard about the Swine Flu from my father in-law a couple of weeks back. Crazy to think that I hadn’t heard it myself from news or the internet - especially with how big it’s getting. I have been following the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. I am particularly interested because I am planning on visiting some family in New Jersey in the very near future - with my baby.

Since yesterday, there has been 200 additional cases added to the statistics, with one more death added to the toll. But after googling the news regarding this flu, Bloomberg says that it’s because test kits had been sent out so more labs were equipped to identify infected people. Whereas previously only the CDC lab in Atlanta could identify the strain.

It’s crazy to think that this whole thing started in one country and have now spread to 23 countries. Disease trackers are now trying to determine whether the virus has now established itself outside of North America, and if so, the World Health Organization would declare a pandemic - the first since 1968!

It makes me think, what should I do to protect myself and those I love. When SARS was here in Toronto, some people took, what I felt, were extreme measures - wearing face masks everywhere, staying at home away from the public. But now that I have a baby, I don’t want to stupid either. All I’ve heard and found is to consistently practice hand washing thoroughly (as long as it takes you to sing yourself “Happy Birthday” apparently), if you cough or sneeze to make sure you cover your mouth with hand or arm, and if you develop any flu-like symptoms to STAY HOME. It’s much too important that we keep this from spreading to other people.

For more information, take a look at the CDC website.

The White House Flickr Photostream

Friday, May 01, 2009

Okay, I can't even really remember where I found out about this, but do you know that "The White House" has its own Flickr photostream? I think that President Obama is brilliant for leveraging all of these social networking thingies to bring the public closer to the political action because involvement will often follow interest. It's working against that whole outta sight, outta mind thing.

Regardless of your politics, you should check out the photostream. Soooo interesting to see all those people meeting to discuss important matters. Hopefully they're being productive.

Well, for one thing, they now have to at least appear to be!
But a break, or two, to hang out with the kiddies is definitely fine by me!

President Barack Obama cheers on a young child as she rolls her egg toward the finish line Monday, April 13, 2009, during the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza