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  • Swine Flu

    Ok, I guess I don't understand what all the hubbub is about.

    "Regular" flu kills thousands every year, and mutates into a new strain every season. Passes from person to person, just like the swine flu. And yet this thing is stirring up the alphabet soup health suits into quite a froth. What's the big deal(at least compared to what we normally yawn about every winter that kills thousands)?
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  • #2
    I imagine there's a substantial part of the populace that's freaked because they think of this is as a.... gasp.... "Third World Disease" that brings thoughts of the The Black Death to their minds. If the same thing were migrating down from the great white north there wouldn't be nearly the outcry.

    From what little I've read on the medical side, I got the impression that there are/were some fears that since this could be a new cross from an other-species vector that humans might have little resistance to it, whereas even with "new strains" of regular flu at least some people already have some form of resistance.

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    • #3
      Re: Swine Flu

      Originally posted by guru
      What's the big deal(at least compared to what we normally yawn about every winter that kills thousands)?
      Regular flu doesn't normally kill young healthy people, and in Mexico this flu has.

      However, the hype is very overblown at this point IMO. You have better odds of being injured in a car accident or picking up food poisoning. Washing hands and avoiding people when sick is always good advice, there are a zillion other bugs floating around there.

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      • #4
        I think that the major cause for alarm is absence of ready vaccine for this particular strain. The flu shot people received over the past season doesn't protect them.
        "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
        by Thomas Henry Huxley

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        • #5
          After watching the news coverage last night I am surprised that the Sun actually rose in the East this morning :shock: :lol: Good gosh could they be more over the top in the coverage of the Swine Flu. Please know the facts about Swine Flu. We need to use common sense, good judgment, and deal with facts without all the hysteria.

          Elderly, pregnant women, and children are more susceptible to complications than the general population. We all need to take our usual normal precautions about hand hygiene.

          The attached is the information from the US Center for Disease Control about the Swine A (H1N1) outbreak. Check the CDC website www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ for information. :wink: 8-)

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          • #6
            Thanks for the information, TF.

            All high school sports and competitions in Texas have been suspended until May 11 because of the of Swine Flu outbreak.

            http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/20 ... eflu_N.htm
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            • #7
              I would say true, true, and true to each post and the facts therein on the thread so far. You guys (and gals) are smart! That's why I like coming here.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DrJay
                I would say true, true, and true to each post and the facts therein on the thread so far. You guys (and gals) are smart! That's why I like coming here.
                Yep, well informed and I would be the smart gal :lol: :wink: 8-)

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                • #9
                  Welcome to the club, TF. Not too many of your kind (gals, that is :lol: ) around here.
                  "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                  by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Pego
                    Welcome to the club, TF. Not too many of your kind (gals, that is :lol: ) around here.
                    Thanks I was a homeless Tracksharker :lol: ops:

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                    • #11
                      Why The Flu Fuss?

                      1. A tad late for flu season, don't ya think?

                      2. Mexico has all the fatalitles.

                      3. It's a neighboring country to us Yanks.

                      4. There's nada new w/ the Craig's List guy

                      5. One poster was wrong- depends on the strain or mutation- sometimes the young & healthy are even more susceptible, because their usually stronger immune system "blows up" the virus, causing it to fight harder.

                      On my Sunday/Mon. flight back from Long Beach-Dulles, about four hours in, I felt feverish and suffered blurred vision, but attributed it to a long layover in LB, and lack of circulation having not stood up for some time (vaso vaga). Almost as soon as the f.a. announced an imminent approach, I felt stronger. Never coughed though (seat neighbor was, as were others).

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                      • #12
                        All schools in Fort Worth school district closed for at least a week.
                        http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1347939.html

                        This seems to me to be a serious overreaction. So far haven't heard of any of the suburban schools in Fort Worth following suit.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by donley2
                          This seems to me to be a serious overreaction.

                          Indeed.



                          And as for that Mexican death toll? Surprise, surprise...

                          http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1547114
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                          • #14
                            The worst case scenario http://tinyurl.com/ca9fgt

                            May require registration, so in brief, 1700 cases in the entire USA in a 4week period.
                            "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                            by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                            • #15
                              This is sad.
                              http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/ ... 15246.aspx

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