As if my mind could get any less focused on my work right now, my mom emails me and tells me the swine flu has hit Massachusetts, which is where I live. I, of course, was aware of this yesterday, when it was reported there were 2 suspected cases in Lowell, MA. My mother’s suggestions, hand washing etc. etc. also include “refraining from going to bars.” As anxious as I am, I imagine I will not be taking that suggestion too seriously yet. She helpfully ends her email with “Above all, don’t panic!” HA! I’ll have to work on that one.
Of course, I checked the news again before posting, and the flu has now hit Maine as well.