You know from the very beginning this was not a concern to me. To close schools I believe is overkill when this was showing much milder presentation here, and no moore transmission than par Influenza A. What I have been saying all along is that if this keeps circulating this summer and starts infecting people in the fall we could be in trouble. It might pick up steam but it is so far sensitive to Tamiflu and Relenza, so no need to panic.
That being said, masks when appropriate (anyone who is sneezing/coughing, or is vulnerable), education (coughing into shoulder not the hand) hand sanitizers, etc. would have served these communities better.
I personally believe it was a distraction to confirm Sibillious (sp?) as the HHS Secretary. Typical Obama smokescreen.