It seems as if fear of swine flu has affected the habits of the public in Southern California. On a shopping trip today which took me to three establishments in two different shopping centers, I observed cashiers wearing latex gloves and, at the supermarket, a mob around the sanitary wipes dispenser next to the shopping carts. The religious school at which I teach sent out a memo to remind students to cough and sneeze into their elbows, and to wash their hands frequently. An article in this week's L.A. Times discussed steps that churches are taking to make it safer to take communion without infecting or being infected by other congregants.
Swine flu may turn out to be as pandemic and dangerous as the media is predicting it will, or it may be yet another in a series of flu scares which don't live up to their billing. However, we'll all stay healthier if everyone keeps up with the healthy habits. I'm all in favor of swine flu precautions if they keep us from being pigs.