As I left the plane and made my way to customs, there was an announcement over the loud speaker telling me to be sure to wash my hands thoroughly. It was a quick reminder of the real threat of the H1N1 virus, or as it’s more commonly known, the swine flu. It was rather sobering. As I went through customs and then security, all of the officers wore latex gloves. And the first thing I did after entering the US was to wash my hands. Thoroughly.