The announcement Thursday comes on the heels of the United Nations infusing the panic back into the flu bug by calling it a worldwide pandemic, the first in 41 years. Just when you thought it was safe to put your surgical mask away, they suck you back in.
Pretty soon, the swine flu is going to become the new South Beach "in" thing all the cool kids wish they had. Don't be surprised if "H1N1" becomes the tattoo of choice in Miami.
As has become customary, people can expect to be flooded with information on how to not catch the not-so-deadly infection and how to use your medically untrained eye to spot a co-worker who more than likely doesn't have swine flu. Bottles of hand sanitizer are sure to start flying off the shelves and once again people will barricade themselves in their homes, away from the infectious outside world.
It bears noting, that no one in Miami-Dade has died from the disease and most have in fact recovered from the strand of flu.
But don't let that stop you from joining the global mass hysteria. Enjoy.