I'm sorry, I feel compelled to reply! I just want to make sure we understand how this virus differs from 'regular' flu.
This flu is a combination of human, avian, and pig types, which makes it much more unpredictable than 'regular' flu (human type). This is also a new strain, which means we really don't know what it's mortality rate is going to be yet. And until the reports of confirmed cases start coming in and being studied by the epidemiology types, it is actually a good idea to be extra careful.
Another thing that goes on w/ these mixed animal/human strains is 'antigenic drift' and 'antigenic shift'. I won't go ino it, but if you are at all curious, just google it. This particular virus may not be done 'evolving'.
So, yes the media is screaming as usual, and that is a pain. But we do need to err on the side of caution until more is known about this strain, and until we really start to see how it's going to act. Lucky for us, it is susceptible to 'tamiflu' right now.
I am going on about my life as usual too. The mall, out to dinner, etc. And I am being maybe a tad more vigilant about the hand-washing. But I am not opposed to the overly-cautious measures being taken. It's for our benefit, after all.