Saturday, July 25, 2009

Melissa Auf der Maur vs. the Swine Flu

Around these parts, it seems like the Swine Flu, or H1N1, or whatever its current name is, was a flash in the pan, a case of much ado about nothing, or very little.

But that isn't the case. It is still officially a pandemic. It is still spreading rapidly throughout the world. And it is still causing deaths.

Even if no one you know has had the Swine Flu, people you know of have had it. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, reportedly had a mild case of it a few weeks ago. And Melissa Auf der Maur, musician, blogger, photographer, artist, and Goddess of the Bass who has lent her talents to bands such as Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, had a somewhat more frightening run-in with the disease recently. A true blogger, she recounts her experience with the disease in her Swine Flu Diary in The Mark, "Canada's daily online forum for news, commentary, and debate." Her story is frightening and detailed, and I am very glad that she recovered to tell the tale.

Read Melissa Auf der Maur's Swine Flu Diary for a detailed account of one person's experience with Swine Flu!


Skywalker said...

Hm.. We almost had swine flu when we were on a school trip down the east coast of Australia. A bunch of people went to the hospitle to be tested but it turned out of be regular flu..

Gave the teachers a bit of a scare.
(oh, if you want the story of the trip go to:

MaryRuth said...

Each summer Torrance has student exchange program with our sister city of Kashiwa, Japan. Not this year. The Japanese coordinators cancelled due to worries that our students would bring the flu with them. I feel so sorry for the kids...they work and plan so much for this opportunity.
I too thought this thing was a flash in the pan, but just today my BF read that it is estimated that "hundreds of thousands" will die from it. That's crazy. If that is true, no doubt we will all know someone personally.