Swine flu

ebk06

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I dont see a thread about it yet so what the hell.......Im looking for opinions about this. Do you think its an overreaction? Are you worried? Will you be buying more vitamins or gas masks or anything? lol
Personally I think its an overreaction but the flu seems to be very easily transmitted. I find it very weird though that the WHO has jumped up to alert level 5 so soon. Kind of makes me think others may know more about this anyone may realize. All the media attention is making me worried and ask anyone that knows me, I dont get worried very easy.
I rarely get sick (maybe once every couple years at most) and I workout/run 5 days a week and take many vitamins/supplements (no roids). Im more worried for my nieces since they have a long medical history and are still in 7th & 9th grades. I think most of it is the media getting in my head though.
 

DCortez

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Rule #1 in the media ... if it bleeds, it leads. With that, it's probably an overreaction.


However, with increased global travel, the threat of terrorism, and people not making the jump from sheep to lions, I'm keeping an eye on what I can.


I like to think of it as the 60's. People freaked out over killings of the K's, war, hippies, civil rights, feminism, free love, drugs, definite threats to authority, etc. Very uncertain times and a shake up of the status quo. All very real threats, but surviveable.
 

Texas1911

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Back in the original epidemic era of the flu (Late 1910s) the mortality rate in the United States was around 3% ... you can chalk that up as a majority of small children and elderly that are more susceptible to stronger symptoms, and death.

Today we have much more aware and available medical infrastructure. Places like Mexico where you have true poverty, extreme amounts of population density, and a less organized, and funded, medical infrastructure you are going to see problems.

My opinion is that there is no problem for the United States, and that the media is blowing this out of proportion like they did with SARS.
 

Texas42

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I'm going to guess this is going to be a reason for Obama to get a reason to impliment his socialized medicine. I think People are starting to figure out the crap he has been pulling hasn't helped anyone.

There is only so much the media can do to marginalize the opposition without being too obvious that they worship the ideology.
 

Texas42

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Boycan, the flu shot doesn't keep you from gettting the flu, it just makes you have a milder case. I really doubt that this years flu shot will help you with the "swine flu" because no one really saw this one comming. They have to get (guess) the right combination of viral antigens to try and put in the vaccine each year for it to be effective.

It is really too soon to tell if the swine flu is really something to worry about. All the cases have been pretty mild so far (in the US). The only death that I'm aware of was a toddler.

You don't want to know how many toddlers, infants, and elderly die each year due to the "normal" flu. There is a reason that health care professionals recommend flu shots to these groups of people.
 

hk boy

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I saw on the news: every year about 36000 people die from "regular" flu world wide
these people could have been saved because it is the "regular" flu, we already have vaccine.
this "swine" flu is brand new, no one on this planet has any natural resistance to it.
people affected with it don't have to die if treated early with Thamaflu.....
 

DCortez

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I'm going to guess this is going to be a reason for Obama to get a reason to impliment his socialized medicine. I think People are starting to figure out the crap he has been pulling hasn't helped anyone.

There is only so much the media can do to marginalize the opposition without being too obvious that they worship the ideology.
Create a flu crisis (hoopla) and have Obama come out looking like a leader and savior.


Assuming HK's regular flu stats are correct (no reason not to), this is small compared to the usual course the flu runs.
 

M. Sage

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I saw on the news: every year about 36000 people die from "regular" flu world wide
these people could have been saved because it is the "regular" flu, we already have vaccine.
this "swine" flu is brand new, no one on this planet has any natural resistance to it.
people affected with it don't have to die if treated early with Thamaflu.....
Every year's flu is a new flu. The flu virus mutates constantly. That's why you need a new flu shot every year. And every year, they need to make a new vaccine.
 

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