Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hysteria and irrationality

Hate jumping onto the headline bandwagon, but Carey informed me that her uncle and cousin who reside in New Zealand made headlines in their local newspaper after they were both quarantined following a football match with a team from Mexico in which one of their players was positive for the virus (the rest of her cousin's squadron was also put on watch). The rest of their household was not put under quarantine, though. Makes perfect sense, eh? You can read the article here.

For a reliable, factual resource regarding swine flu (and pretty much anything scientific in general) astronomer Phil Plait's blog is a good place to start. Go there, damn you, and stay away from those conspiratorial nutjobs, why don't ya?

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