It's Swine Flu, 2009!!!!!!!
And my oh my has the hype machine just hit a fever pitch! When we last left, Mexico was being crippled with Swine flu- with almost 200 people dead so far and countless more falling ill- and the United States declaring a national emergency to try and combat the looming outbreak.
But what has gone on since then...
Well, the European Union has strongly recommended that Europeans should not travel to Mexico or the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global state of emergency, warning that the world is on the verge of a pandemic of biblical proportions. Pork Belly futures (as well as other cattle futures) plunged today at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange due to concerns that all the worry about Swine Flu would lead to people avoiding pork products. The hype has gotten so bad that the Israeli government has taken to referring to the Swine Flu as "Mexican Flu" (because swine flu just isn't kosher).
But before you go put the gun in your mouth and paint the walls with cherry pie, take note: not all is bad. There are lots of upsides to Swine Flu. For starters, with people not buying as much pork products because of fear that an airborne illness might be spread through the meat (which for the record you cannot), pork products are going to end up significantly cheaper, making tasty BLTs economic in these hard times. Also, calling in sick for work and missing three or four days is hardly going to raise an eyebrow, as all you are trying to do is not get the rest of your office condemned to death with the Ebola virus. Sure the world is crumbling all around us and we will be lucky if by the end of the year we are not racing around a nuclear post apocalyptic wasteland trying to not get eaten by roaming bands of nomadic cannibals. But who cares!!! Cheap bacon and unquestioned days off from work more than make up for the inconvenience of surgical masks and the threat of being quarantined by the military.
You have to love the End of the World man...
It is really not disappointing at all.