Yes, I know this story is from The Onion. I thought it was funny, too. Go and enjoy it!
"As the body count continues to rise, a shaken nation is struggling to cope in the wake of the mass deaths sweeping the world population. With no concrete figures available at this early stage, experts estimate at least 250,000 U.S. citizens have died in the last month alone, with death tolls across the globe reaching into the millions."
"'Our family has been spared so far, but for how long?' asked mother of four Karen Beemis, of Scottsdale, AZ. 'Every night I lay awake in bed worrying and thinking, "This is going to get one of us someday, too. Who will be the first? Grandma? Grandpa? My great-uncle Ted in Michigan?' There's just no way of knowing."'"
From time to time, we have panics that don't come to as much as was feared, such as the panic about SARS ... and it looks, to date, as if the panic about swine flu may be in the same category. At least, I hope so, and there's evidence to that effect (but then again, nothing detracts from the individual tragedies that SARS did cause and that swine flu has caused so far). These panics can be put in perspective we think about the huge number of deaths every day, so many of them related to the frailty of old age.
Death the Destroyer is not our friend, and we shouldn't believe all the sententious rationalisations to the contrary (usually from religionists or crypto-religionists such as Margaret Somerville). We may not be able to do as much about it as we'd like, but we can probably do something . I think we should try, don't you?