Flu season has arrived, just as it has every year prior. But somehow, the flu is suddenly a more intense life-threatening situation than in decades past. That is to say, the news is completely unhinged in its flu reporting strategy.
Some schools in Alabama have shut down due to excessive absenteeism caused by the flu. Boaz City Schools, Marshall County Schools, Albertville City School, are among the schools that are closing for Monday and potentially Tuesday.
Boaz school officials say that 10% of students are out sick.
“Stay at home. Do not go to your friends house. Don’t gather in groups because this is where people usually end up catching a virus is when you’re in a group and everybody is coughing on each other so I would say just stay at home,” says Leanne Killion, a health science teacher at Albertville High School.
Schools closing due to excessive absenteeism for any reason isn’t exactly a bad thing. However, the media painting it as earth-shattering is overkill. The flu happens on an annual basis. Schools attempt to accommodate the issue. That’s the story.