Though the CDC has stopped collecting swine-flu-specific info from states, Governor Paterson has apparently seen enough, including 75 s-f deaths since this whole PANIC kicked off, and has declared a swine flu emergency. What does that mean? The state will start allowing less-qualified medical and quasi-medical personnel — yes, even dentists — to administer the vaccine. And the Health Department can order more doses from the Feds — not that it’ll necessarily do any good, and the government is short on vaccine.
As President Obama already declared a national emergency last Friday, this puts us on double secret emergency PANIC. Citizens are encouraged to avoid all human contact (for bloggers, a snap!) and to practice Purell neti.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 29, 2009