The Swine Flu global epidemic is the first of the 24/7 media era. It seems the mainstream media can’t quite seem to decide whether to whip us all up into a panic with stories of children dying or lead us to total complacency with stories of swine flu parties and reassurance that the majority of deaths “had underlying medical problems anyway,” as though that makes it OK somehow!
The reality is of course somewhere in between. There are healthy people dying. Not in large numbers. Over the coming weeks I suspect that there will almost certainly not be as many as the tens of thousands of deaths some experts are predicting in the UK.