(Sounds a bit disgusting . . .)
Observing how powerful the media can be; while washing your hands and coughing into your sleeve and covering your mouth and all that stuff is said non-stop to children in schools, they are oblivious. In the midst of cold/flu season, whenever, doesn't matter, kids ignore the nagging and continue their kid ways, even as everyone is sick with the crud. Yet in the past week or so I've noticed many students who run off to wash their hands every time they've touched someone, make comments about swine flu, "the pig cold," etc.
Today, in my own neighborhood, two public schools, one private, and one college closed for the day. Other areas in Oregon have had school closures as well.
Also today, I read on the Internet that the government now recommends against school closures, for the swine flu is not as bad as they thought.
It seems clear this has all been a practice run in instilling fear and control. . .