A firm believer that humor eases our stress in times of crisis, I wrote a previous post about my favorite moments in the virus-formerly-known-as-the-swine-flu epidemic (now pandemic). But they just keep coming. Here are several that hit my funnybone recently.
- Thanks to Dr. Rahul Parikh for pointing me to the variety of multimedia tools that the CDC has pulled out for this one!
- You can send your coworkers and friends an e-card to remind them to wash their hands, cover their sneezes, and keep their snotty little ones out of your kid’s school. But please “send all”– I’m pretty certain I would be offended if I received one of these directed just at me.
- You can browse flikr to see electron micrograph pictures of the dastardly flu virus itself. There are also pictures of people getting immunizations, presumably part of a vaccine campaign: don’t miss the black and white photo of a woman getting an immunization from a device that looks like a nail gun. Now that’s going to make the kids rush in to get their flu shots!
- Dr Parikh also highlighted the potential of this outbreak to start a whole new fashion movement. I’m heading in to work today with a sharpy and my favorite red lipstick to make sure that my N95 mask is tres chic.
- Many of my patients ask me about the prudence of so-called “chicken pox parties” but the idea of a swine flu party is altogether batty. I agree with US officials who call it a “bad idea.” Though most people who get swine flu have only a mild or moderate illness, young healthy people–both children and adults–have developed very severe illness and even died. I would try to make a joke about swine flu parties about I cannot touch the British humor of Bryony Gordon.
Are you finding some humor amidst the chaos and tragedy of this pandemic? If so, please share. We can all use a laugh in these trying times.