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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 4:48PM #1
whirlinggal
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From today's New York Times--


 


"The World Health Organization decided not raise the pandemic alert level in the wake of a swine flu outbreak in Mexico, while public health officials in the United States said they would continue to monitor the virus, which appeared to be spreading.




In Mexico, where the flu outbreak is believed to have started, government officials closed all public gatherings on Saturday, including more than 500 concerts and sporting events and the popular weekly bicycle rides. Mexican health officials reported 24 new suspected cases of swine flu in Mexico City alone.


As of Friday, the swine flu outbreak - identified as the H1N1 strain - had killed as many as 61 people in Mexico and infected 1,000 others, according to Mexican officials. There were eight confirmed cases in the United States but no reported deaths."


 


 


 


What do you think the US should do about this possible epidemic right across our border?


 


 


 


 

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 6:21PM #2
arielg
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What do you think the US should do about this possible epidemic right across our border?


 


Eat right, exercise, watch your thoughts,  keep out  the poison that Rush , Cheney and O'Reilly introduce in your mind, get enough sleep, have good friends and be happy.


That will strengthen the immune system.  The rest is up to the universe and it's laws.

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 6:31PM #3
whirlinggal
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Some people are talking about the possibilityof a pandemic--a worldwide epidemic--and some people are suggesting the US close its southern border temporarily.


 


Any thoughts on that?

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 6:37PM #4
Dreamweever2
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We need to do something that few people do anymore. Years ago, when people were sick, they stayed home. Too many people send kids out to school sick, go off to work sick, grocery shop and go to other stores sick. Germs are often passed through the hands touching surfaces, passing germs on door knobs, grocery cart handles, telephones, computer keyboards, light switches...the list goes on and on. Wash hands often and keep them away from your face, and hope it isn't airborne!!

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 6:42PM #5
whirlinggal
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Should Mexico stop all international plane flights?

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 6:55PM #6
arielg
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We need to do something that few people do anymore. Years ago, when people were sick, they stayed home. Too many people send kids out to school sick, go off to work sick, grocery shop and go to other stores sick. Germs are often passed through the hands touching surfaces, passing germs on door knobs, grocery cart handles, telephones, computer keyboards, light switches...the list goes on and on. Wash hands often and keep them away from your face, and hope it isn't airborne!!


 


Germs are in every square inch of the planet.  Some people get sick and some don't. 


What is the difference?  Healthy people  have better defences. 


That is where the emphasis should  be.   It is the body defenses that have to be strengthened  by healthy living, rather than  killing  the problems with drugs.

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 6:57PM #7
Mlyons619
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Swine flu appears to be passed onto humans by direct contact with pigs.  There is thusfar no evidence of human-to-human contagion.


So unless pigs fly coach on Aeromexico, I wouldn't worry just yet...


 


Swine Flu Q&A

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            --Thomas Jefferson

"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition"
            -- Monty Python
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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 7:02PM #8
whirlinggal
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You might want to read the article--


 


 


 


It's passing from person to person.



And it contains genetic material from last year's flu strain AND Avian Flu too.

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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 7:04PM #9
Mlyons619
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Apr 25, 2009 -- 7:02PM, whirlinggal wrote:


You might want to read the article--


 


 


 


It's passing from person to person.



And it contains genetic material from last year's flu strain AND Avaian Flu too.




If it mutated.  Which it possibly has done...


British Airways crew has flu-like symptoms after flight from Mexico

"No freedom without education"
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"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition"
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6 years ago  ::  Apr 25, 2009 - 7:12PM #10
Dreamweever2
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I think there may have been some confusion on my earlier post. I was not advocating the use of drugs for swine flu. Actually they had said on the news that many of the antiviral drugs are usless against this particular strain. That is the reason they are concerned about it becoming a pandemic. I just wanted to clairify that. I still believe in frequent hand washing, and sick people staying home instead of going out passing it around in public.


This is a flu strain that began in pigs, but mutated and became a human to human bug. This is what they fear will ultimately happen with bird flu. So far, we have dodged the bird flu bullet.

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