Though the CDC has stopped collecting swine-flu-specific info from states
, Governor Paterson has apparently seen enough, including 75 s-f deaths since this whole PANIC kicked off, and has declared a swine flu emergency
. What does that mean? The state will start allowing less-qualified medical and quasi-medical personnel -- yes, even dentists
-- to administer the vaccine. And the Health Department can order more doses from the Feds -- not that it'll necessarily do any good, and the government is short on vaccine
As President Obama already declared a national emergency last Friday, this puts us on double secret emergency PANIC. Citizens are encouraged to avoid all human contact (for bloggers, a snap!) and to practice Purell neti.