Common Sense on the Run

May 4, 2009

While there are myriad examples of common sense as a lost art these days, the current pandemic over the swine flu aka H1N1 aka Gripe Porcina makes me shake my head in wonder.  As of yesterday, the Milwaukee Health Department, was reporting 54 “Probable” cases of H1N1 influenza and 2 “confirmed” and yet 21 schools are closed until further notice.  You want more info?  Click around the site and learn about symptoms, preventive measures like covering your cough, and best of all a link to the CDC which includes links to get “buttons” for your social media websites.  Boy, I bet plastering your site with “Cover It!”, “Stay Home!”, and “Wash ‘Em!” illustrated buttons will bring loads of new clients.

If the MPS school closings keep up, I’m thinking of opening a temporary day care co-op for affected (not to be confused with infected) parents whose work places are still fully operational.  We’ll have the kids work on math word problems like the following: If there are 54 Probable cases of swine influenza, 2 confirmed cases, and 21 schools closed, how many schools will probably close?  Extra credit: How long before schools reopen?  The correct answers will determine the funding required to run the temporary day care service.