Another day, another government website devoted to swine flu is launched. One likes to think the government have had an action plan in place for years to cope with a pandemic but the knee-jerk response of launching hotlines and websites every few days seems to suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile the first 'miracle cure' press release arrives in my Inbox. Or it would have done if the sender had remembered to attach it (or perhaps my antivirus software deleted it). There is, of course, no shortage of miraclue cures for swineflu on the internet already. Here's just one I found by googling swine flu and 'cure':
"The answer to AIDS, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, herpes, TB, most cancer and many more of mankind’s worse diseases has been found. As Swine Flu starts to gather worldwide attention many practioners in alternative medicine already know there is a concrete defense to protect yourself and your family. If your uncomfortable about being given a government manadatory vacination you need to know what your options are for yourself and family protection. MMS is an emerging grass roots formula that has been shown to kill Cancer, Aids, Malaria stone dead amongst many other virus type diseases."
So there you go, panic over. Cure yourself not just of swine flu but also cancer, aids and malaria. The only mystery is why doctors aren't using this miracle on a daily basis. Or how about this 'cure' which leaves the surprising identity of the medicine until the last line:
"Please tell everyone you know about this cure, it is a lot more powerful than any medication in the world right now, and it should kill the swine flu virus almost imediately. Of course, anyone who is sick should still continue to take his doctor's prescribed medications, but this cure should definitely be added to them, it is almost like a miracle and it will rid the body of the virus very quickly, especially if it is taken at the first signs of the flu. This miracle cure is GREEN TEA."
I don't know about you but I'm off to put the kettle on...
P.S. Anyone else noticed that the Welsh seem to be immune to swine flu?!