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Fortress Home: Swine Flu Redux

Back in April I wrote that I was "not particularly worried" about swine flu. Now I'd like to revisit that. I'm still not worried--but I am resigned. And that gives me an extra incentive to bulk up provisions at home so we can ride out a bout with flu as the weather turns colder.

What has raised my Domestic Threat Level to orange from yellow? Well, federal officials are telling us to expect cases to crop up pretty rapidly this fall. And flu started spreading on college campuses before they even hosted their first football-weekend keggers. With two kids living in close quarters at college now (and vaccine still months away)--plus my husband and me both out and about in the city--odds are pretty high someone will end up at home, taking to bed with a fever.

And if the flu does hit our home, the last thing I want to have to do is stand in line at the grocery store, waiting to pay for a can of chicken soup. I'm setting up a special flu larder stocked with soup, crackers, Gatorade, Jell-o, ginger ale and other items usually served on the Razzi Family's Sick Bay Menu. I'll buy some extra over-the-counter medicines, a new thermometer (because we always misplace them), extra tissues and yet another can of Lysol. And I'm setting aside extra dog food, too. A dog still needs his dinner no matter how sick the rest of the household feels.

Again, though, I'm not worried. Just resigned.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  September 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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