In midst of the terrible economic downturn we are experiencing, the last thing we needed was something that froze movement of goods and people, and knocked down our confidence and optimism even more. The outbreak of swine flu has managed to achieve that. In addition to the worries we all have about our economic future and material well-being, we now have to worry about our dear lives.
With every minute that passes, newspapers and agencies rush to inform us about new cases with macabre excitement. There will be a few anguish-filled days ahead, when we will know if this outbreak is a global pandemic that cannot easily be stopped or something less sinister and deadly.
Until then, washing hands regularly will probably be the only feasible thing to do.