Concerned parents pulling children out of schools and other city residents should understand that stopping serious, highly contagious viruses is no simple task. As health officials admit, containing the swine flu virus entirely is difficult right now if not impossible. The only thing to do is be patient and take everyday precautions to ensure minimal exposure to germs.
It’s not every day that Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, or labor leader Randi Weingarten, appear before the media to instruct people on mundane health tips such as how to cough or wash their hands.
Though unusual press conferences of this kind are becoming common place, people should take them seriously, and listen to what elected officials are saying because - like the economic downturn - nobody knows right now exactly when the swine flu crisis might end.
As the virus spreads around the country and world, the city is showing a clear commitment to fighting the flu (a sign being Mayor Bloomberg's appointment of infectious disease expert Thomas Farley to the city's top health position). For now this might be the best we can ask for.