We are also parents, so we tend to panic over these things.
In addition, as physicians she and I have had patients who are panicked. She asked me how I deal with their questions. I answered that I like to put the scare into perspective. Here's how I view it.
- Fall 2007 MRSA
- Fall 2006 Bird Flu
- Fall 2005 Influenza, with no available vaccine
- Fall 2004 SARS
- Fall 2003 Mad Cow
- Fall 2002 Anthrax
In my view, the most significant impact of the MRSA scare has been on the cost-per-click amount for the keyword phrase MRSA. 1 week ago, I could have had my google adword banner shown for 10 cents per click at the top of the page. Now I am priced out of the market. In 3 weeks, after the media moves on to the next story, the keyword price will return to its usual levels. But by that point, MRSA profits will have dried-up.
So here's my take. If you have lots of money tied up in an anti-MRSA counter-top spray and you can't cash-out, panic. Otherwise, you have little to fear from MRSA.