We seem to be experiencing a swine-flu comeback. After the assurances of the mayor and health commissioner that "underlying conditions
" were behind the few deaths we'd seen in the city, things were pretty quiet for a while. Then we heard about an eighth death
("the first of a person older than 65"), then all of a sudden there were 12 in all
, the last three being "one person between the ages of 30 and 39, one person between the ages of 50 and 59, and one person older than 65," which is a pretty broad range. (The CDC only confirms eight deaths in the state
, but puts New York's swine flu case load at 858, still behind Wisconsin and Texas.) And now we hear over a half a million New Yorkers may have swine flu
, and the World Health Organization has already declared Level 6
, meaning PANICdemic. Now some people are suggesting we stop shaking hands and start bumping fists
to prevent the spread of the disease.
What comes after PANIC?