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Old 04-26-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Swine Flu Health Emergency - Will it affect your behavior?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/wo...u.html?_r=1&hp
Will the Swine Flu Health Emergency affect your behavior?
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I chose Yes
I'm in Colorado now and the RV park isn't very crowded. I think it will affect my behavior - I might pay more attention to the physical condition of those around me. I might think twice about going to places where people congregate.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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Can some add the word Emergency to the Poll question - I don't know how to do it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:01 PM   #4
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I voted no. I will not change anything at this time however I will follow the news for any heightened threat level.
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Is this the same swine flu President Ford saved us from? Do we still have the massive doses of vaccine stocked that we never used?
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I will take some precautions. It won't kill me to wash my hands more often. I might even disinfect my desktop and workspace at work (it needs cleaning anyway, so why not?). If I should feel flu-like symptoms, I will be more likely to stay home.

It doesn't sound like anything to worry about in the US, since nobody has died and it has been very mild. But it is a good exercise to take a few precautions. I am not yet inclined to go so far as to wear a mask or anything like that.

(The CDC does not believe it is the same swine flu that caused the panic in the 1970's, FinallyRetired.)
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:12 PM   #7
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FYI some good info here:
1918 flu pandemic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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If we use the 100m and the world population at the time of the 1918 outbreak that is a 5.56% death rate.
In today's world that would be 378m
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You may have seen on the news that there are a handful of confirmed cases in Texas. They were mild cases but all attended a suburban San Antonio high school. The district announced today it is closing all 14 school campuses for the next week: Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

I don't recall seeing a school closure of this nature - a day or two yes, but not for an entire week.
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I voted #3. Not until I see if this will be like SARS, bird flu, etc. etc. There have been too many dire warnings of impending epidemics that never took place. If this virus is really as deadly as some of the commentators would have us believe, there is little chance that any preventive actions an individual could take would be effective. Just my cynical nature showing through.
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You may have seen on the news that there are a handful of confirmed cases in Texas. They were mild cases but all attended a suburban San Antonio high school. The district announced today it is closing all 14 school campuses for the next week: Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

I don't recall seeing a school closure of this nature - a day or two yes, but not for an entire week.
It was only a matter of time. Maybe being up to date on all shots will help.
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Since I am just getting over a flu with the same symptoms I voted no .Maybe I had the swine flu but no way to tell without cultures . I am concerned for my 93 year old Mother since we are flying to NYC on Friday and if I had plans to travel to Mexico I would cancel them .
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Will the Swine Flu Health Emergency affect your behavior?
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I already get a flu shot every year and avoid crowds. Not sure what's left.

Was last fall's flu vaccine effective against the swine variety, or would those of us immunized for swine flu during the Ford administration retain any immunity?
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Was last fall's flu vaccine effective against the swine variety, or would those of us immunized for swine flu during the Ford administration retain any immunity?
From what I've seen and read, no one knows - this is apparently an entirely new mutation according to a couple of reports I read yesterday.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:02 PM   #14
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I voted yes, although it is not, at this point, because of the swine flu outbreak per se.
I have been washing my hands more often and will keep a closer eye on the 'non financial' news.
I view this as a great reminder of how quickly these things can appear out of nowhere.
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Was last fall's flu vaccine effective against the swine variety...?
Not according to the CDC:

Seasonal vaccine no help against swine flu

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But frequent exposure to flu viruses may provide some immunity, CDC says
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:39 PM   #16
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The health department or CDC like to sound the alarm. My sister works for them and she said hardly anything is going on that her job as an epi is so boring. They like to sound the alarm when they see an opportunity.
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I heard one state medical official say he'd rather be chastised for being too aggressive in sounding the alarm than blamed for failure to act. I can sympathize.
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There's no harm in caution, but most likely the numbers we're talking about are going to be very small. I may take a few extra precautions but I don't see myself going around wearing surgical masks or putting a few tissues between me and the shopping cart handle unless I see serious reason to think this will be a potential 1918-1919 situation. And even then I'd cocoon myself in our small town in the boonies and improve my odds.
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sounding the alarm gets their dept a huge chunk of federal money + interview in front of TV.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:49 PM   #20
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It is the autumn of 1918 and a world war and an influenza epidemic rage outside the isolated utopian logging community of Commonwealth, Wash. In an eerily familiar climate of fear, rumor and patriotic hysteria, the town enacts a strict quarantine, posting guards at the only road into town. A weary soldier approaches the gate on foot and refuses to stop. Shots ring out, setting into motion a sequence of events that will bring the town face-to-face with some of the 20th-century's worst horrors. Mullen's ambitious debut is set against a plausibly sketched background, including events such the Everett Massacre (between vigilantes and the IWW), the political repression that accompanied the U.S. entry into WWI and the rise of the Wobblies. But what Mullen supplies in terms of historical context, he lacks in storytelling; though the novel is set in 1918, it was written in a post 9/11 world where fear of bird flu regularly makes headlines, and the allegory is heavy-handed (the protagonist townie, after all, is named Philip Worthy). The grim fascination of the narrative, however, will keep readers turning the pages.
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