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May 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Swine flu

Pandemic or panic?

In the paper today, the question was raised: Are we seeing a pandemic, or just panic? [“From outbreak to overreaction?” page one, May 2.] Flu symptoms have so far proven mild and not so different from the usual flu.

Have we raised all the fuss for nothing? Actually, not at all. In schools, we have fire drills all the time. In this case, if the flu turns out to be less toxic than expected, we have just had a flu drill. It has been helpful to discover what the response of government, medical facilities and the general public would be in case of an emerging pandemic.

If it turns out we were in a panic, fine. What remains will be our experiences of a valuable lesson learned.

— Ann Lenssen, Kenmore

For pigs’ sake, call it H1N1

Let’s follow President Obama’s lead and call it H1N1 instead of swine flu. This name is not helpful and is leading to wrong ideas about the flu; pigs are being slaughtered unnecessarily and farmers are suffering from the lowered demand for pork.

— Jane Steele-Meagher, Lynnwood

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