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Title: Swine Flu
Post by: nintendodork on May 03, 2009, 11:03:06 PM
I'm surprised no one beat me to the punch on this.

What are your thoughts?


I say the media has blown this out of proportion, like it does many things.

There are under 800 cases worldwide

The regular flu kills over 30,000 people a year


Blah >:(


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: nurd on May 03, 2009, 11:07:47 PM
Cars kill more people than swine flu.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: son_ov_hades on May 03, 2009, 11:10:34 PM
Don't ride in a plane, train, or automobile.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: LocalToast on May 03, 2009, 11:13:26 PM
Until everybody is infected and I start seeing what looks like Left 4 Dead in real life, I'm not concerned. ::)


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: ericj on May 03, 2009, 11:33:54 PM
The regular flu kills over 30,000 people a year

Actually, the CDC says it's 36,000 deaths per year from influenza, but the number isn't really valid because none of the cases are confirmed because influenza isn't listed on death certificates and influenza testing isn't performed on most patients. 36K was an estimate derived by the CDC in 2003 using statistical modeling. Before this, the number of annual deaths attributed to the flu was at 20,000. Their estimate is probably pretty close to accurate, but unfortunately it's commonplace for people to throw around numbers they don't fully understand, especially the news media.

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r030107.htm


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: manuel on May 03, 2009, 11:44:58 PM
I say the media has blown this out of proportion, like it does many things.

This is exactly what I think.
Media need some shocking news to earn some money and attention again.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Blue Protoman on May 04, 2009, 12:13:54 AM
I'm not worried.  Coincidentally, my entire family (including me) got fevers right when this started.  But me and my dad are better, and my mom and brother are recovering.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: 133MHz on May 04, 2009, 12:16:20 AM
Luckily I live in one of the few places where swine flu hasn't been reported.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Blue Protoman on May 04, 2009, 12:19:06 AM
Swine flu is not currently on Long Island.  It is in Queens, though.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: nintendodork on May 04, 2009, 12:50:38 AM
No cases have been reported in Iowa, or any of the neighboring states as far as I know, but then again, I don't really care ::)
Our school gave us these little papers to take home that told the symptoms of the swine flu and how to properly care for it....

It's same as the one we got during flu season..but with swine flu added in the title ::)


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: ericj on May 04, 2009, 02:01:58 AM
I think one of the funniest things about the swine flu is how people are wearing the N95 masks thinking that they're protecting themselves from being infected. Those masks are to prevent the wearer from infecting others. Sometimes I wonder if people can really think anymore.  ::)


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: JC on May 04, 2009, 02:14:03 AM
Are you sure about that? I thought they worked both ways. They're usually marketed as helping protect the wearer from contracting the flu, etc.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: 133MHz on May 04, 2009, 03:33:21 AM
Yeah, N95s rule. Surgical masks OTOH only work as ericj said.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Blue Protoman on May 04, 2009, 01:50:30 PM
Oops, swine flu just reached Islip.  Now I'm slightly ocncerned.  Slightly.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Lorfarius on May 04, 2009, 03:13:33 PM
Media madness as always. Be glad when it's all over.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Jedi QuestMaster on May 04, 2009, 07:01:58 PM
Who said 'swine flu' ?

It's not like it has anything to do with swine?

The correct term is H1N1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza_A_virus_subtype_H1N1).


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: 133MHz on May 04, 2009, 07:32:29 PM
It has to do with swine. The virus was transmitted from pig to human


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: nintendodork on May 04, 2009, 08:48:03 PM
The first case was, all others were transferred from human to human, so I don't think "researchers" are exactly clear yet, but pork producing companies sure are! ;D

I was going to ask this topic's name to be changed to " The H1N1 Virus", but whatever, I don't care :D


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Rogles on May 05, 2009, 05:59:05 PM
My mom just came home from work with diarrhea. 0_0


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Blue Protoman on May 05, 2009, 06:32:48 PM
Is that a symptom?


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Rogles on May 05, 2009, 06:36:58 PM
Yes.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: PatMan33 on May 05, 2009, 06:57:44 PM
Just keep her hydrated, it's probably food poisoning.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: japanfreak on May 06, 2009, 02:07:57 PM
Did they already kill all those pigs in Arabia? Poor pigs...


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: turbo D on May 06, 2009, 08:07:38 PM
What if the pig in Mexico got the flu from one of the dudes on the ranch there. I've heard some strange stories about those Mexican pig farmers. lol.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: son_ov_hades on May 06, 2009, 09:47:35 PM
(http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1314this-little-bastard-killed-us-all-swine-flu.jpg)


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: manuel on May 06, 2009, 11:32:09 PM
I don't like the caption, but that pic is epic!  ;D


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: FamicomFreak on May 09, 2009, 06:50:22 PM
That pic is ugh!


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: TheSSNintendo on May 11, 2009, 09:50:20 PM
I don't think everybody should be worried about it. Remember a few years ago when the media made a big deal about the bird flu? And remember what happened with all that? Yeah. Same with SARS.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: FamicomFreak on May 19, 2009, 07:17:01 PM
Well another person died yesterday.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: Blue Protoman on May 20, 2009, 01:08:14 AM
If Swine Flu was actually a big deal, you wouldn't have to say that.


Title: Re: Swine Flu
Post by: FamicomFreak on May 20, 2009, 03:11:44 AM
I guess...I'm not sure how things in Mexico are, I hope they are fine.