The fact is you, personally, probably don’t have swine flu. Around a 1,000 cases have been identified world wide, but this is in a population of around 6,000,000,000. In the UK the figures are 27 from nearly 70,000,000. Bringing it down to Wandsworth the figures are 3 in 280,000. And all those three are from the same family.
The school and nursery closed in Wandsworth – the Dolphin School and Noah’s Ark Nursery – closed themselves as a precaution, rather than on the advice of NHS Wandsworth, the council or anyone else. Anyone who may have been in close contact are being identified and offered anti-virals.
Swine flu remains a risk, so the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ advice remains good, but we’re still some way away from the sensationalist headlines we have seen.