Even if the swine flu pandemic proves relatively mild, and does not result in global casualties greater than, say, a typical flu season, it is still good that governments are reacting as they are:
- By reacting quickly, governments are getting a trial run to test their pandemic preparedness, and so are learning things that will make them more prepared for next time (should a more virulent virus strike over the next decade).
- By reacting quickly, governments are preventing the deaths of some people now, and have raised public awareness with regard to the threat of pandemics.
- By reacting quickly, we will probably have a vaccine for this strain of swine flu in the Fall, and should it become more virulent this winter, vaccinations can slow its spread.
Hong Kong was criticized for imposing quarantines too slowly.reported Asia’s second confirmed case — a woman just back from Mexico — and other governments also prepared to quarantine passengers, eager to show how they have learned from the deadly SARS epidemic in 2003, when
The world is on a learning curve. The global response to this strain of swine flu has not been an overreaction. So for at least another ten days or so, keep up the frequent handwashing.