I was in the grocery store yesterday looking for some ground beef for tacos when I came upon a lady deep in the midst of a very serious conversation with the butcher behind the counter. She was not effing around.
"Sir, I suggest you check all of the pork products you stock here for this new pig flu. I think that you have a responsibility to sell pork that is safe and disease-free. PLEASE go to the CDC's website and check out their warnings and make sure that you're buying pork from safe sources."
The butcher stared at her like she had lobsters coming out of her nose. I, too, rolled my eyes. When it was clear that she was not going to get an adequate response from the butcher, she offered the CDC's URL.
"You really should check the CDC website. It's www.cdc.org."
Lately, I've been working on not sticking my nose into things that do not involve me, so I did not share with the crazy lady that the swine flu is not a food-borne illness. But her tone with the butcher was so all-knowing, so holier-than-thou that before I knew what my mouth was doing, I found myself correcting her on the CDC's URL.
"Ummm, excuse me. It's actually www.CDC.gov."
She turned a questioning eye to me.
"Really? Figures." (whatever that means!)
As I picked up my package of 93/7 ground beef and walked away, I heard the lady continuing to bark at the butcher, this time with the correct URL, but still with the incorrect information. I sighed and continued on to the tortillas.
In case anyone wanted to know, here are the top five viruses that would truly scare me if an outbreak were to occur on US soil:
4. Lassa fever
5. Yellow fever or Dengue fever
Notice swine flu isn't on that list? Yeah. Anything short of the above five, I'm not terribly worried. People...don't let the media hysteria get to you. Chiiiiiiiiillll....