Saturday, February 17, 2018
Journalism

Tired of Hearing About the Flu? It’s Not Going Away Soon!

I’ve seen news viewers complaining on social media about how much journalists are reporting about the flu. Guess what: it’s flu season!

If you’re tired of turning on the news and hearing about the flu, I have some bad news for you: those stories aren’t going away anytime soon.

Why are journalists spending so much time covering the flu?

Well, the answer really isn’t all that complicated: we’re facing the worst flu outbreak in a decade. That, in and of itself, ought to thoroughly explain why you’re hearing so much about the flu.

If it doesn’t, I’ll offer this fact: 53 children have died and flu-related hospital admissions are at an all-time high. The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control says influenza activity is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

That should further the point and clear up any confusion.

But for some, it seems once they hear about something once, they never want to hear about it again…unless it’s some sort of attack on people they don’t like.

The flu, on the other hand, can too easily hit home. Maybe there’s a little bit of fear and avoidance in the complaints about flu coverage. That would sort of make sense, although even that doesn’t really cover it.

Doctors continue to urge people to get the flu shot, which sounds like reasonable advice unless you’re one of those who stubbornly insists the flu shot will kill you or, at the very least, give you the flu.

Some justify such fear-mongering by stating that they never get the flu shot and they never get the flu.

Proof positive, right?

Nope.

I always get the flu shot and, so far, I’ve never had the flu.

Sorry to shoot down that solid argument, but as Walter Cronkite would have said, that’s the way it is.

And CNN added this line:

“We have not hit our peak yet, unfortunately,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said. “Really, the bottom line is, there is still likely many more weeks to go.”

If you’re tired of hearing about the flu because you and the people close to you haven’t been affected, then I’d like to offer you this piece of advice: whenever you hear talk of the flu, take a moment to remind yourself how fortunate you are.

Be grateful, not impatient.

There are plenty of people who haven’t been as fortunate. And some of them have died.

It’s about perspective, folks. It’s all about perspective.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.