Today a co-worker brought up WOU's closing down due to a possible case of Swine Flu. I replied that I had heard they were taking flack over their reaction. She strongly disagreed that they may have done the wrong thing and then changed the subject. Maybe it's because I spend my weekdays with short people who don't excel at personal hygiene, but I've been thinking about this a lot.
No way do I assume to be an authority on the subject, but it doesn't make sense to me to send people who might have been exposed to this flu into a whole new group of people. Wouldn't it be better to deal with each individual case as it comes up, rather than closing down institutions? I feel the beginnings of a flu hysteria bubbling in the background.
I do think it's important to wash your hands frequently, sneeze/cough into your sleeve, and to avoid touching your face or eating without first washing your hands. Due to my occupational "hazards", these are actions I try to stick to every day.