This swine flu panic has got to stop. Word on the street is that boozy Cinco de Mayo celebrations are getting shut down all over the place. The big May 5 extravaganza in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (it’s called “Corona” — I mean, come on!) was canceled out of “prudence,” as were parties in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Dallas, and Chicago.
Even in the town of Corona, CA (again with the Corona), the festivities were shut down because a local high school student was suspected of contracting the dreaded flu. As you would expect, such shenanigans have been cut out of the deal all over Mexico. Historically, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Given that precedent, wouldn’t it be appropriate to celebrate the impending victory of modern medicine over the swine flu? I’d cheer to that.